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I have a friends failed hard drive as a slave in my own computer in hopes of recovering some data. The data I'm looking for is in the documents and settings/user folder, I have no access to view the data in this folder and when I try to copy or move the folder I recieve an acess denied error...

Any thoughts?
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Some people have luck accessing broken drives in linux, but if its broken there isnt much hope of accessing it, if you know how it is broken then there may be something to do to fix it.
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Does the disk show up under "My Computer"? The question is whether it is working at all or there is an issue of permissions. What operating system?

If the disk is working, then it is a simple task to use Linux to access it. Knoppix is possible, as well as DSL OS.
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If it's XP you have to take ownership of the files to access them.
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