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how i recover Passwords from a seperate hard drive?

Posted on 2007-04-09
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i have a seperate hard drive with windows xp professional installed but i cant remember the users password in that. It was part of a network as a workstation lately.
How i can recover the password from that drive ? my computer is installed with windows xp home edition.
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Question by:shairan
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by:milesv
ID: 18874884
Look onlone for a download called The ultimate boot CD. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ This has an option to blank users passwords.

Plug the old disc in as the main boot disc (you will not have to boot it up just read the hive file with UBCD) blank the passwords the put everything back to normal.
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by:shairan
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I dont want to make it the main boot disc as i am already using one just wanted to know the passwords i used in my old disc and dont want to make them blank too.
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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     Hi shairan
           You need to import and decode SAM file of the other hdd in order to recover your password without blanking. SAMInside is the necessary software for this. Here is the link.
http://www.insidepro.com/eng/saminside.shtml
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by:milesv
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well I cant help as what I suggested will work. If you don't want to do it like that then that is your problem sorry. I will not help you find passwords as this info can be used in so many other ways. I am only happy to  help you reset current passwords.
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by:shairan
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can you please tell me how i can do it manually , afterwards i can use lopht crack after i expand the sam.
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by:Adam Leinss
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I'm pretty such that "cracking passwords" is outside the scope of what EE can help you with.  You likely will want to have your question deleted.  As stated, milesv is the best answer for getting access to the data.
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You used the phrase "The Users Password" not my password.

This makes us think its not your HD. I have seen where people remove HD's from work and try to crack them at home which is a Felony!

If you bought this drive used from a comany that upgraded, You will need to format it anyways.
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