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I recently reformatted one drive to Windows 7, and for some reason now i can't access my second hard drive which has Windows XP. The computer recognizes the drive but every time i click on it, it says "E:\\ is not accessible." "Access is denied." I need this drive to work because this has all the info i backed up, can anyone please help?
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You could try booting on the XP drive and transferring the files to the win 7 disk from xp.
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I forgot to mention that it will not boot the xp drive. Usually it would give me an option to boot which HD but after the install i just goes straight to Win.7
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Is the BIOS still recognizing the HDD?
Go to start, and disk management and see if you can access from there. A lot of times this is all it takes for win 7 to recognize an HDD.
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It says its there any everything it just won't let me access it. I can't double click and open the drive.

I'm referring to disk1. Disk0 is the newly installed Win.7 Ult. Disk2 is an internal fresh reformatted NTFS disk. Disk3 is a external.

So the problem lays with Disk1.

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Sounds like you will need to add the WIn7 account you are using to the NTFS permissions on the XP drive.
    
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Originally Posted by just4funuk View Post
Sounds like you will need to add the WIn7 account you are using to the NTFS permissions on the XP drive.
How would i go about doing that?
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Ugh anyone one else with any suggestions?? I would really like to be able to retrieve everything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Weeman! View Post
Ugh anyone one else with any suggestions?? I would really like to be able to retrieve everything.
I'd boot using a UBUNTU CD
But you don't install ubuntu, you just click try!
And when ubuntu is running, you can go get your files
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Before you alter any NTFS permissions.

Try shutting down your computer and when your PC restarts select boot options and then select the drive that has your WinXP installation on if your lucky it may start up as the drive is being seen as active in Disk manager. If this fails try below

As you have a number of drives marked as active. Try shutting down the computer and disconnecting the Windows 7 disk and restarting your machine. It may boot into Windows XP. Then you can copy what you need to your external drive.

If the above fails and ubuntu live CD doesn't give you access you could try adding the account you are using to the drives ntfs permissions. Please be-aware that these changes will make it very hard to get the security back to its original state after you alter it. So try all options before trying this.


*****LAST RESORT***
Highlight the XP drive in my computer right click select security. click add type user account name click ok. Then high light the name in the list and alter the permissions on the account you added and give it full access. You should then be able to see the root of the XP drive if you can. Apply the permissions to a couple of folders first. If you find that you can access the data after doing this to each folder then you can apply either full to the whole drive by going back into security and select advanced propagate down to sub folders etc and click yes or just keep adding the folders that you need access to.
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