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Q: Computer Files: Access Denied ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Computer Files: Access Denied
Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: chrisgreen7-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 May 2006 10:30 PDT
Expires: 15 Jun 2006 10:30 PDT
Question ID: 729405
Recently the motherboard in my laptop has self-destructed - however, I
need the files on my hard drive very badly!

   I have taken the hard drive out and switched it into an external
hard drive casing. When I plug it into my computer, it works just
fine. I'm able to access every file- EXCEPT those found in my personal
folders (i.e. My. Documents, Desktop, Favorites...) - a message comes
up "Access Denied"

I assume this is because my user profile was password protected.

  Please, does anyone know how I can possibly access these files?

Clarification of Question by chrisgreen7-ga on 16 May 2006 10:42 PDT
I just thought I'd clarify that I'm plugging the external hard drive
into my desktop computer.

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 16 May 2006 11:19 PDT
Hi chrisgreen,

This solution may work for you.

Error Message: "Access Is Denied" When You Try to Open NTFS File System Folders

Will look forward to hearing how you make out,

Clarification of Question by chrisgreen7-ga on 16 May 2006 16:45 PDT
That wasn't an exact solution, but it pointed me enough in the right
direction that I got it all worked out :-D

   For anyone else who has this problem and reads this thread. After I
clicked on the security tab (As it says to do on this link), I
couldn't click "add" but a popup came up that asked me to do something
else - I did that - it worked.

Thanks! (Post it as an answer, make it official)
Subject: Re: Computer Files: Access Denied
Answered By: hummer-ga on 16 May 2006 18:07 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear chrisgreen7,

Thanks for the great news and for giving me the opportunity to post my
answer. Here it is again to make it official.

Error Message: "Access Is Denied" When You Try to Open NTFS File System Folders

Let's hope it's the last time you'll have to use it!

Google Search Terms Used: external hard drive "access denied" personal folders
chrisgreen7-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Sent me in the right direction. I'm sure if I had any more trouble
from there he could have helped me too. Great work!

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