Old Hard Drive XP Home Password Protected

Posted on 2011-10-14
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Old Drive has Windows XP on it.
System I am using to recover files is Vista Home Basic 32bit
I have a laptop that has failed and want to copy files from it.  Since the user had it password protected I am noticing I am not able to copy files.

I do have the person username and password and currently have the old drive plugged into a IDE to USB Cable for reading drive.

Thanks in advance.

Question by:WrightNetDesigns
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 36969233
The fix for this depends on what exactly is protected by the password.  Beware that if the files are encrypted, removing the password will render them inaccessible permanently.

If you hook the drive up to another computer as a "slave" drive what error messages do you see when you try to copy files?  Are you able to open them at all?

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dilemmadave earned 2000 total points
ID: 36969306
You should be able to take ownership of the folders you wish to copy.

R-click the folder, properties, security, advanced, owner.  Then select the current user and replace permissions on subfolders.

The only drawback is if you put this drive back in the original computer, the user wont be able to log in.

A workaround for this is to clone the drive and then pull the data from the cloned drive.

Author Comment

ID: 36969939
OK, will give that a try.


Will post back results.
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Expert Comment

ID: 36970206
I missed clicking Edit once you are in the Owner tab.   Then select the user and replace on subcontainers.
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Expert Comment

ID: 36972568
can you see the disk - and it's contents?
do the files show in a different color? = encrypted

also, to avoid access denied problems, i boot from a live Knoppix cd to copy files : ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.7.0CD-2011-08-01-EN.iso 

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ID: 36973332

Thanks very much!  After that it was easy as abc, 123.

Easy to follow as well.


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