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Subject: Retriving data from an XP machine
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: llxoxllxoxll-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 01 May 2003 21:50 PDT
Expires: 31 May 2003 21:50 PDT
Question ID: 198279
I have a Compaq Xp laptop that has dide for unverifiable reasons, best
guess is motherboard/powersupply.
A local tech service co. has installed the drive from the laptop into
my desktop as a secondary drive, and although I can see the files -whe
I attempt to open them they are password protected and will not let me
access them.
Local tech co. guesses that it is the XP password required at log in -
the problem is that the desktop does not prompt me for a password to
Subject: Re: Retriving data from an XP machine
Answered By: seizer-ga on 02 May 2003 02:34 PDT
Hi there llxoxllxoxll!

Your local tech company guesses correctly. Your old hard drive will
have been formatted with NTFS, which supports file ownership - and it
sees the new XP install as a different person, who doesn't own the
files. What you'll need to do, is to take over ownership of these
files yourself.

There's an excellently written HOW TO article, written by Microsoft
themselves, which takes you through the steps of re-establishing
ownership. Take careful note of these two paragraphs (whichever one
applies to you):

"NOTE: You must be logged on to the computer using an account that has
administrative privileges. If you are running Windows XP Home Edition,
in order to have access to the Security tab, you must first start in
Safe Mode and log on with an account that has Administrative rights.

"If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple
File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File
sharing when not joined to a domain. For additional information about
how to do this, click the article number below to view the article in
the Microsoft Knowledge Base:"

When you're logged in correctly, simply highlight the folders on the
old hard drive, that you wish to take ownership of, and follow the
bullet point instructions in the "How to Take Ownership of a Folder"
part of the Microsoft article:

HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP:

This should re-establish your ownership of the files, and let you read
and write to them as normal.

I hope this answers your question! If anything's unclear, then please
don't hesitate to request clarification before rating this answer.

All the best,


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