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Transferring data off old, corrupted hard drive


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Supermex48

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Hey whats up!

I have a Toshiba Satellite A35-159 laptop, and the hard drive finally gave out after two years. The guys at Fry's Electronics just said the hard drive was bad, but I could pay them to recover the data off the hard drive (they said its possible). I have the hardware to do that (usb cable, hard drive case) so I'm trying to do it.

Here's my problem... oh by the way it's a Windows XP Home Edition, I have no versions of Windows 2000.

Though I can access the hard drive like any other connected device, the user profile that had all the songs, documents, movies, etc. that I want to recover is the administrator profile on that old hard drive! So I can get to \documents and settings\ but I can't access my old profile to get my stuff! (It says "Access Denied") I know the password and all, but there is no opportunity to enter it. I can't boot up under that profile because its on an external harddrive, and I can't boot up under that harddrive because its corrupted. I can't move the profile, or change its sharing options even if I sent a shortcut to the desktop. Safe mood boot and going through that way does nothing either. The overwhelming majority of people say I need to download the right software to get into that old profile. ANYONE KNOW WHAT OR WHERE I CAN GET THAT SOFTWARE? I'LL PAY A SMALL PRICE IF I HAVE TO!

Thanks for ANY response!

Edited by Supermex48, 12 June 2006 - 01:05 PM.

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How to take ownership of a folder

Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.
For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307874 How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP


To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
  • Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  • Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  • In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
  • Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:

    You do not have permission to read the contents of directory <folder name>. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
    
    All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
    Note <folder name> is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.

  • Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.
How to take ownership of a file

Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
  • Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  • Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  • In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

    The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.

  • Click Add.
  • In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
  • Click OK.
  • In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
  • When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.

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