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#1 quisizyx

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:37 PM

Greets- I suspect that this has been addressed @ some point. I tried searching the forums but no joy. Surely this has been discussed B4. Must not have used the right key words.
Have a Windows7 laptop that died. In an attempt to recover some of the data files stuffed the old c: boot drive into a external USB case. Tried accessing the data files Windows8 machine but keep getting access denied. Knowing old drive root administrative password is no help. Suggestions?


Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 18 September 2015 - 06:42 PM.
Moved fromm Win 10 to 'Internal hardware'


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:46 PM

Hmmm.... come to think of it there should be a brain dead simple solution. Hit the CMOS and change the boot order so that it boots the old drive in the USB case. Probably would get errors due to differences in hardware if not a BSOD, but could then copy files elsewhere. Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. Should work, yes?

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:49 PM

Try taking ownership of the drive. Right click the external drive and follow option 4 in the below link.

 

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2808-take-ownership-file-folder-drive-registry-key-windows-8-a.html#option4



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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:49 PM

G'day quisizyx, and Welcome to BC.

 

Good reading HERE  

 

As for your own suggestion in post#2....give it a go....

 

Others will no doubt chime in here with better knowledge of accessing via linux, than I have.


Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:59 PM

Try taking ownership of the drive. Right click the external drive and follow option 4 in the below link.
 
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2808-take-ownership-file-folder-drive-registry-key-windows-8-a.html#option4


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Huh! Looks interesting and appears that it could be better/cleaner way. Will try this. Thanx.

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 07:08 PM

G'day quisizyx, and Welcome to BC.
 
Good reading HERE  
 
As for your own suggestion in post#2....give it a go....
 
Others will no doubt chime in here with better knowledge of accessing via linux, than I have.


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Erk.. heard about this Linux trick but indications were could be tricky. Have been wanting to put Ubuntu on several of my windows boxes but other thangs have had priority for my attention. Shouldn't be too bad as I used to work on several different Unix boxes years ago. Perhaps it is time to carve out space in the to-do list. Will have to go stare at this more.
Thanx 4 link.

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 09:19 PM

The first link here is for Linux Mint.....it is hugely popular ....get yourself a 8GB thumb drive, and load it onto that.

 

In that way you can give it a run any time you feel like. Be prepared for a dash of speed !

 

Also this will keep it away from your Windows installation. One day you may decide to partition your hard drive and have a "dual boot:" situation.....but for now, keep it simple and load it to a thumb drive.

 

You can get away with a 4GB thumb drive, but an 8gb gives you a bit more wiggle room.

 

 

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

 

 

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows


Edited by Condobloke, 18 September 2015 - 09:20 PM.

Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 09:46 PM

Just wondering...is the above mentioning a bootable Puppy Linux DVD?  If so, yes, I have used same and was able to copy folders and files off of HD and onto external media.


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