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Accessing Protected Files


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#1 8-bit

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:42 PM

My friend's PC died on him and he wanted to check the data and his HD was still intact. We installed his drive into my PC but we could not access some folders as he had password protected them. We tried adding him as a user on my PC under the same name he had used in his PC but still we were refused access. Could we access the folder if we booted into SAFE MODE?

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#2 Artrooks

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:04 AM

You could try to burn a "Linux live cd" and access your friend's drive outside of windows.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:31 AM

When you password protect a file on windows it records the SID of the user. This is a number which is randomly generated and is unique for each user so creating a user with the same name will not work. What you can do is take ownership of the file with the new account which will then allow you to access the files. Look at this article HERE for detailed instructions.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks Balt :)




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