Solved: Laptop Destroyed, but HD is fine. Files are protected, but they are mine.

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Sethiroth

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If it isn't one thing, it't another, right?
I took the IDE HD out of my laptop to and used an IDE/SATA cable to try to recover my typed documents (Over a year of work while on the road...). Everything else around here seems to be SATA, so I couldn't plug it in elsewhere.

I found all the folders and everything fine, but i can't access them because of my password that was on the laptop. I know the password just fine, but I'm not understanding how and where I "might" be able to input it.

Now on another not, some random power failure, while using the cable has left it in a state where it's not even recognized as a hard drive by the computers. But that my be for another thread.

While I'm at it, any of you knowledgeable folks know of a song that frequents Jazz-type radio stations with lyrics like "A butterfly...in a hurricane..." ? The man sings it in a soft-tone.

If this is an offense , I apologize and will erase the non-technical parts of this.
 

TerryNet

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Are you saying that you protected the files with the Windows XP Pro encryption? If so, you'll have to use your backup copy of the files. As I understand it the only way to unencrypt the files on the hard drive is with the user account and Windows installation that encrypted them.
 

Sethiroth

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Yes, I should have been more exact. My fault on that one. I did deny permission from other users, but can this work, on a entirely different machine?
 

techkid

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Yes. Taking ownership of your user folder is the only way to be able to access those files.
 

Sethiroth

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Ok, I just want to clarify that I fully understand the issue of ownership. I remember clearly the day I set everything up, so that a bunch of students could use it.

I followed an article similar to the one WhitPhil brought up, with no success. That's why I was wondering if I can do this remotely.

I have to finish repairing the drive before I can try this out again. Maybe I was following directions based on an XP home, OS.

Thanks everyone, I'll be back as soon as I make progress.
 
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