troubleshooting Question

Need help recoveirng personal files in Vista

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Gene KlamerusFlag for United States of America asked on
Windows OSMicrosoft Legacy OSWindows Vista
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I've got a problem.

The motherboard on my laptop died and regardless of support contracts, Lenovo says it can't repair the mother board for nearly 3 weeks.  If I wait that long I'll be unemployed.

I need to get files that are on my drive (which is 32-bit Vista).  These are a combination offline mail files, desktop files and such all under my user folder.

I have spare laptop (different model, etc.) which has Vista, but when I've tried to access files from one Vista disk on another machine (in an external USB device) I've always gotten access denied messages.

Is there some way that by providing passwords or accounts/passwords for my account on this drive (when it was in my broken laptop) that I can get these files on my working laptop?

It seems to me that I ought to be able to provide some sort of credentials to do this.  I can't just put the drive into my working laptop.  Vista fails as it boots (probably due to drivers and such).

Is there a tool, hack or something I can use if this isn't support in Vista?  I'm looking for any options available.
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