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I have a couple old laptop drives Id like to get some data off of. But I cant access anything in the Documents and Settings folder cause its restricted. Im using a USB to IDE adapter to access the drives. Is there any way to get into those folders? Both have XP Pro installed on them. I know the password I used to use for them, if theres any way that can unlock it.
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I have a couple old laptop drives Id like to get some data off of. But I cant access anything in the Documents and Settings folder cause its restricted. Im using a USB to IDE adapter to access the drives. Is there any way to get into those folders? Both have XP Pro installed on them. I know the password I used to use for them, if theres any way that can unlock it.
This is the BIG question...DID you use folder encryption on those folders?
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Anyway, if the folders are not encrypted do this to gain control:

Right click on the root folder of the data you want to access and select sharing and security. If you DON'T see that option, you need to enable advanced security in the control panel.

Once you are in the tabbed dialog box, click on security. Click on Advanced. click on Owner. Make sure you are in that list and click on the replace owner check box. Then click on OK. After a minute, you will have gained ownership. Now, back at the security tab advanced screen: Uncheck inherit and check Replace permissions. Then remove all the security objects and add yourself with full control. (Note: you will get a popup box saying: Do you want to copy permissions? say no)

Click on apply. After this...if you STILL cannot access those files, it's possible the NTFS file system is corrupt. There is yet another method in that circumstance. Let me know.
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get a linux live cd like knoppix so that you can explore windows and ignore permissions
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get a linux live cd like knoppix so that you can explore windows and ignore permissions
Yeah, that would be my second recommendation if you can't take ownership.
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Baring in mind that Linux cant read NTFS properly, so you might see files, but not neccesarily be able to read, copy or write them.
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You can also access them with a program called The Winternals Administration kit if you have access to that program somewhere.
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Anyway, if the folders are not encrypted do this to gain control:

Right click on the root folder of the data you want to access and select sharing and security. If you DON'T see that option, you need to enable advanced security in the control panel.
Where in the control panel would I go to enable that? And Im pretty certain that the files arent encrypted.
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NVM. I got impatient and plugged it into my laptop and booted from it. All the contents are intact but man 4200RPM drives are slow.
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