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Recovering My Dcuments from failed system

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.

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  • contest768 Dec 25, 2008

    [Tech Mobile] Does your solution require booting the OS from the external drive?


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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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  • Murdo Maciver Dec 25, 2008

    No you boot from the pc you have the enclosure attached to.


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You have to take ownership of those folders. Right click on the folder and open the Security tab

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