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New PC Old Hard Drive w USB Connection

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Hi, I have a small problem with the new PC connecting to my old hard drive. It is a relatively common problem but the common solutions aren't working. I tried disabling sharing on my new PC. I use XP (Home) as my OS.

I tried taking ownership of the Documents and Setting Administrator folder of my old drive where I kept all the files I need for my new PC, but I can't access the Security tab of the folder. I followed thee steps:

1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

I cannot, however, the security tab does not operate in this way. Also, I cannot locate the new drive if I boot in safe mode, but can see it when booted regularly.

I did disable sharing on the new drive and was able to access some folders but not all. I have also made sure thjat my new Administrator account has the same name and password as the old one did.

Can someone help me access all my old folders? I would really appreciate the help.

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Hi foxoff...

Taking ownership has to be done from Safe Mode in XP Home. Unfortunately, the USB Ports don't work in Safe Mode. The best way to approach this would be to install the old hard drive in a machine as a slave...connected via IDE cable. Another option is to install the HDD as a master, do a parallel install of XP, and recover the data from the old directory from the new one.

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