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Restoring data from old XP PC to new PC


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Hi

Great forum. My old PC with Gb's of photos' on it died last month, I bought a new PC and today an external USB/Firewire drive caddy.

Unfortunately the only part of the disc I can't access is my documents in my user account - could this be because of password protection on Windows XP (all the kids could log in without password, our section was password protected on login).

Any ideas? As there is around 4 years worth of photos on here that I hadn't backed up.

Thanks

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xp home or pro?
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Both Pro
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Thanks for the quick reply above. I've also tried changing the first boot device to the USB disc, but it fails and resorts to the standard boot up sequence.
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When you open Windows Explorer on the new computer, is it recognizing the external drive and its contents? If so:
How to Take Ownership in XP
http://support.micro...1&Product=winxp
If XP is not seeing the external hard drive at all, we need to go the device manager in Control Panel> System> Hardware
and uninstall anything related to the ex drive and reboot, reinstall. Can you give us some specs for the computer and the new device?

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My advice would be to get a Back up program that backs up every thing on your hard drive, this would prevent any probles like this in the future. The two best program out there are Acrons True Image and Norton Ghoast. Also Nothing in the backups are password protected (unless you set a pass word for the whole image) this meas that you could easly get what you what out of the hard drive it you first back it up. I do this all the time for things that can't be moved while running XP.
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:tazz: Thanks for the suggestions - I gained onership of the folder as suggested by Czarina and now have the photos again.

As soon as I'm home this evening all files will be transferred onto the new PC and backed up onto DVD's, plus the exisitng hard disc, lesson learnt, backups will be a regular activity now.

thanks again

Ian
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That's wonderful! Thanks for letting us know how you fixed it.

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