2 days ago my computer restarted all of a sudden and then just froze up at the login screen. I tried to boot into safe mode and use the last known configuration but none of it worked. As a last resort i decided to use the Repair function however while in the repair process, some files were unable to be copied. i though it might have to do with the scratches on the windows xp home installation disk but when i tried my friends scratch free disk, the same thing happened. I then pulled out the recent stick of ram that i had installed 2 months ago, and restarted the repair process. Turns out the memory stick was causing the problems. Now the files were being copied as normal. But when the gui appeared (you know the graphical one that shows "x minutes left till completion of installation"), it jus didnt budge past 39 minutes and there was no hard drive activity for a good 15 minutes. so i .....
Anyways i installed a new hard drive and had soon xp home edition running on it. I wanted to get my files from the old hard drive (which had xp home installed as well but not booting , as mentioned above), so i installed it as a slave on the secondary ide channel (the master is a dvd reader, on the primary channel there is only the new hard drive with xp home). I can access all files on the old drive except for the Administrator (called Squall in my case) folder. (the folder is found in documents and settings) when i try to open the folder it says "the folder is not accessible" .
my set up is like this currently;
C:drive (primary master, contains xp home edition)
F:drive (my old hard drive which had xp home installed, this is the hard drive that contains the folder Squall which i cant access)
D:drive (secondary master, my dvd reader)
So any idea why i cant access it? Is there any conflicts or anything?
ps. I also have a question about windows activation. since on my old drive i had activated my copy of xp home, would my current installation of xp home get locked if i try to activate it on this new drive?
thanks for any help you can provide,