The fan in my laptop (ThinkPad T42) died and won't boot. I pulled the HDD and put into external IDE-to-USB enclosure and can plug into antoher computer.... but when I try to access the files in My Documents for one of the user accounts from the laptop (which was a password-protected account) I get the error "Access is denied."
How can I get access to these files? The computer I'm now using is also WinXP Pro and my username & password are the same as the laptop that died.
You will need to boot to safe mode & then right click on the folder you cant access, choose the option of security, (or properties then security) under the user list click add & type in everyone. Once you click ok tick full access then to advanced & find the option of ownership there should be an option where you highlight the username you are currently logged in to then a tick box for take ownership click apply & it will go through changing the folders & files within that folder to show up under in your current system.just browse to it as you normally would & you can access and copy as normal.
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Ensure your BIOS settings are allowing the HDD to be a boot device, preferably in first position in this case. (possibly F12 available for quick boot device setting) otherwise F1 on power up.
Try booting with CDROM pulled. Also remove HDD, inspect & brush pins with an old toothbrush and some IPA or WD40.
Failing that, get a copy of Linux Puppy ver 4 onwards on CD (free download & burn at a UK library) and boot your laptop (set at F12 for CDROM). If you can browse your HDD it may have a boot sector problem - you will need a copy of PART244.exe or FDISK on a CDROM to check further.
Remove all usb flash drives or external hard drives connected to the laptop.
If no flash drives or external hard drives are present the you will need to reboot your system and press the delete key repeatedly until you get into the BIOS. Once in the BIOS you will need to locate boot disk priority. Set priority 1 to the laptop's main drive and priority 2 to the CD/DVD drive.
Now it should first try boot on your hard drive with your operating system on it. If after this you still get the unmountable boot volume error then your hard drive may be corrupt.
The T42 Thinkpad is an old model, if it was me I would not get a new motherboard (if you can get one). I would get a later model and better laptop for may be a little moer cost. You can put the hard drive from the T42 into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
If you are talking about the Boot, HDD, Bios password, then the only one way to recover it is to implement a chip on the systemboard to shorcut the protection or to contact Lenovo for a systemboard replacement.
Unfortunalty, no other ways other round.
Thanks and have a nice day
reinstall the OS, but first back up you files. you can remove the HDD located at the bottom of the Laptop. buy a cheap 2.5 inch usb to ide/sata enclosure and place your hdd on it. use a PC to transfer your files. then format the HDD. reinstall the HDD to your laptop and install the OS.
fist you have start ypu laptop in safe mode you laptop is reboot time press F8 key and select the safemode and after use normal mode and your problem is still pressnet pls reinstall windows xp.................100% ..........
Some BIOS allows for a hard drive diags. try it to test the hard drive, if ther is no such utility you need to test the hard drive anoter way.
Basically either the hard disk controller has failed or the hard drive is faulty. In most cases the hard drive is dead.
To check if the hard drive is OK, remove the hard drive and attach it to a USB hard drive adapter then plug it into a working computer's USB port. If the computer sees it as an external drive and you can view the contents of the external drive then the hard drive is OK.