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reinstalled XP on new disk, access denied to "Documents and Settings" folder from old disk (user had a pswd)

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After my home XP installation crashed, I reinstalled to a new disk, hoping to simply copy "My Documents" from the old disk to the new one.   I recreated an identical user ID and password for the new installation on the new disk.  However, I am unable to access the "Documents and Settings" folder from the old disk ("access denied").  When I click on Properties for the folder, there is no Security tab with which to alter settings or somehow gain access.

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by:jvuz
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Can you see the security properties of the whole disk?
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What do you see if you go to properties of the folder and go to advanced (at the bottom of general)?
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by:tpascale
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I was able to get in to one particular folder after changing attributes to read only,  However, the subfolder I am interested in is still blocked "access denied" and also reports "folder empty" on mouse over.  I don't think it's an XP thing, I think the disk is corrupt.  (Thanks anyway).
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Can you access it with the admin account?
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brianjones1256 earned 500 total points
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Go to folder options and the view tap. At the bottom, uncheck "Use Simple File Sharing". Then try to take ownership on the folder you are trying to get at.
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