Laptop HD won't boot. Put into USB enclosure.. Files won't open

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KKinSJ

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I have one laptop that has been corrupted and will no longer boot. I have since removed the HD and place it in an USB enclosure. I have connected it to another Laptop running xp and have no problem viewing the contents of the drive.

At first I was unable to access the administrators documents, but after booting in safe mode, I changed ownership of the entire drive. At this point I am able to access every folder though I can not open any of the files. Nothing works.. And now I'm stuck.

I need to copy all of the documents onto the second laptop so I can reinstall/reformat the first HD. But it's no use copying files that won't open. It's the cruelest joke... I can see em all...but I can't touch em!

Laptop 1: XP Pro SP2 (corrupt)

Laptop 2: XP Home SP2


Also curious, is there a way to fix the boot issue on the corrupt hardrive while It's connected to the second laptop?


Thanks in advance for your help.
-Kent
 

DoubleHelix

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What happens when you try to open the files?
Do you get an error?
Are you using the right program?
Were the files encrypted?
 

KKinSJ

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The files were not encrypted. I have the appropriate programs for each file type. The problem is with the parent child object relations/permissions. I've actually gone from my initial problem to a whole new one after inheriting the permissions for the external drive. At this point I'm washing my hands of it. But thanks for the follow up. If I happen to decide to reattempt this, I'll return with an update.
 

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Is there a reason you need to maintain this complex permissions structures? If not, you can use another account to take ownership of everything, files and folders and subfiles and subfolders all at once.
 
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