Problem in that user no longer exists because it was just an offline user on the old laptop.
My latest attempt was in command prompt:
attrib *.* -h -s /s /d
This worked :)
So I got a new laptop and a week later my old one completely died. Unfortunately as my old laptop would only stay on for 10 minutes at a time and then need a few hours rest (cooling issue I guess) I didnt manage to get all my documents and photos across.
No bother I ordered a case for the HDD...