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How to access a drive partition marked inaccessible

Roland_F
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My son just went through a reinstall of Windows XP. His hard drive has two NTFS partitions, C: and D:. He deleted an unwanted user id, and mistakenly replied "NO" to a question "should that user's files be kept?" or something to that effect. Now the D: partition still exists, but it is "full" and, when he tries to go to it, "inaccessible." Is there a way to make the partition accessible again? He has data there that he does not want to lose.
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greg wardSenior Systems Engineer
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google recovermyfiles
or use recovermyfiles.com, it has a free trail so you can see the files you will recover.

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Recuva
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Thanks for the responses. We won't know until sometime next week how helpful they are.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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Possibly you need just to take ownership of this drive for this new user. So first try to gain access to it as described here: http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=4581

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Sorry for the delay. I'm pretty sure I'll have a response within a few more days.

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Sorry for the delay, but it's out of my control, and my son is a very busy man. Here is his note of today:
Well, Dad--
I thought I had it, and maybe I'm close. The advice of dbrunton worked as promised (after repeated tries--my mouse and keyboard kept quitting on me when I started in Safe Mode). I now have access to the D: partition, but even though the files all have the right names, none of them will open. Jpgs say "no preview available" and when I try to open them in Paint they say thay I do not have permission to access the file. If I have to go into every file in safe mode and change the permissions I will scream.
I'm going to try to do the same thing to a folder and see if it works, and I'm also going to copy some of these jpgs to a flash drive and see if I can open them on another computer,
But not tonight. I've been working on this for hours (I tried the advice of noxcho first but without success) and I have to get up at 5.
Definite progress, though. I'll keep you posted.

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My son said, "You can give dbrunton a big thumbs up. Thanks!"
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