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Backing up hard drive on another system - Access is Denied

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I'm sending in my laptop for repair, and was told that the HD will be wiped. I found a USB adapter that let me remove my laptop HD and connect it to my desktop for backing up my files.

It works fine, but XP will not allow me to access my user files; when I try to open D:\Documents and Settings\<My Name>\ it says "D:\Documents and Settings\<My Name>\ is not accesible. Access is denied". Any ideas?

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windows xp pro or home

The method differs slightly between them, but the end result is you need to take possession of the folders by changing ownership in the security area of windows

in xp pro, this is done by disabling simple file sharing, right clicking the directory, choose SHARING AND SECURITY > SECURITY tab, ADVANCED > OWNERSHIP, and adding your current username

in xp home, the process is the same but you must be in safe mode
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