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can't access hard drive, please help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vron0409, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. vron0409

    vron0409 Thread Starter

    Sep 7, 2004
    hi all, hope you can help me...

    the motherboard in my emachine was fried. i removed my maxtor hard drive and put it in another computer as the master drive but it would not boot. then i put it it as a secondary drive and it was recognized the drive but i cannot access the files in documents and settings for my user name because it is password protected. it says access is denied. i know the password but there is no option to give the computer the password.

    how can i access those files now? or is there a way to make the drive boot as a master?

    please help i have lots of pictures and music on this drive!

    thanks : )
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    You will probably have to reinstall Windows on the drive to boot with it.

    XP does not "password protect" individual files and folders -- but the SID (Security Identifier) for those files and folders is different and that could be why you are getting "access denied"

    Take posession of them:



    Permissions (using Calcs)


    For example:

    cacls "driveletter:\MYFolder\" /T /E /G username:F
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