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Okay. My sister had a working laptop for some time now, but its mobo burnt and a replacement costs half of what the laptop used to cost. It has been used for 3 years now. I found that is was not worth it to replace the mobo. Anyway, i took out the hard disk and put in in an external enclosure. The problem here is now that, even though how much i "give control" to the user in my desktop, i cannot access the files in the external hard drive. In order to access it, i have to copy the file over to my main PC and access it from there. The hard disk was protected with a password when it worked in the laptop. Tried everything i could think of. I do not want to resort to copying the whole hard disk to my PC then format the disk then copy it back. Not too sure whether it will work anyway.I have a few questions to ask. I am using windows vista and am not too familiar about it.

1) How do i remove any form of security on the hard disk. In other words, not only my desktop can access it, but anyone who plugs in the hard disk.
2) Being an anti-techno geek who thinks that you need to be a professional to remove a laptop hard disk, my sister accidentaly deleted the recycle bin from desktop. How do you get it to appear it in the desktop in vista?

Thanks. I hope you guys can help.
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post #2 of 7
Well, I can answer your recycle bin question!

Right click on your desktop.
Hit personalize.
On the left hand side of that window, click on "Change desktop icons".
Checkmark the box next to recycle bin.
Click apply
Click ok, and you're done!

I have ran into the issue you stated about drive permissions as well. I haven't figured that one out yet...I just got ticked off and just formatted the drive (didn't have anything I couldn't redownload anyway).
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Is it possible to copy the files to my PC, then format the external hard disk, then copy the files from PC to hard disk again? Because the files have to be copied from hard disk to PC in order to access them; i cannot access them in the hard disk itself. Can this be done?

EDIT: Thanks for my first Rep!
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Ok...let me get this straight (I'm getting a little confused since I've been up so long).

You have a laptop hard drive in a USB box.
You want to get the files off that hard drive.
So you're saying you can copy the files to your machines hard drive...and they work?
If they do work, then yes you can just do that, format the drive, then copy them back.

Just make sure when you copy them over to your desktop's hard drive...you can access them. If you can access them fine...then you're good to go. Just make sure you don't delete or format until you KNOW FOR SURE that you can access the files you needed.
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I see. So what is the problem here? The drive itself has "protection" but not the files? It's weird because i can access them fully when i copy the files to my PC, but cannot work when i am accessing it from the hard drive. It says i do not have any permission to modify or view it. Is there a less troublesome way? Like remove the control so that every computer that the hard disk is plugged into can access the files? Its non-practical if i have to grant access to the hard disk everytime i connect it to a different computer.
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If you can copy the files and read the copies...then I'd say copy the whole drive over to your other drive. Format, then copy the files back. That SHOULD remove any partition protection....or folder protection. I highly doubt that the drive itself is protected.
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Seriously, i think that way is better than tinkering with the permissions and access control and stuff like that. From the start, i never did believe in passwords when you use your stuff at home. Thanks for the help pioneerisloud. 1 REP for you!

But ultimately, the answer we all are looking for has not been revealed.
"How do i remove all protection from an external hard drive that was once in a laptop in vista without doing the copy/format/paste method?"
I hope someone out there can shed light on this matter. Thanks!
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