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I have two laptops that no longer work, and when I load up the external HD's I can go through most of the directories in window's explorer but when I try and go through users/my_name is it says access is denied, do I want to try again, when I click yes, it just seems to spend forever trying to open the folders... Are both drives damaged in the exact same area or am I being stopped by some security BS?
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I'd say it is some kind of corruption your HD's are facing. Try running the default harddrive test, found in the tools section in properties [after you right click it]. And did you do an anti-virus scan?
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I have two laptops that no longer work, and when I load up the external HD's I can go through most of the directories in window's explorer but when I try and go through users/my_name is it says access is denied, do I want to try again, when I click yes, it just seems to spend forever trying to open the folders... Are both drives damaged in the exact same area or am I being stopped by some security BS?

Id say its security related. Open the folder and change the ownership of the folder to administrators and make sure to replace on all sub folders. You may have to do the same thing on the permissions.
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Id say its security related. Open the folder and change the ownership of the folder to administrators and make sure to replace on all sub folders. You may have to do the same thing on the permissions.

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I have two laptops that no longer work, and when I load up the external HD's I can go through most of the directories in window's explorer but when I try and go through users/my_name is it says access is denied, do I want to try again, when I click yes, it just seems to spend forever trying to open the folders... Are both drives damaged in the exact same area or am I being stopped by some security BS?

Take ownership of the folder:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2814-take-ownership-add-context-menu-windows-8-a.html
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