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Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wcfpjf, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. wcfpjf

    wcfpjf Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2010
    I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

    A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

    Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

    I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

    Any help will be much appreciated, thanks
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