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Old 05-12-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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So I am hoping there is a simple solution to this and that I am just overlooking or forgetting something.

I have an old PC that the Mobo died, I do not wish to get it functional again, just retrieve the data off the hard drive. I have a IDE to USB adapter and have hooked up the drive to another machine I have to copy the data. But the users on this drive, made there personal folders within windows private, C:Documents and Settings/(Username), and they show up as 0kb and when I try to access them it says I do not have the permission to access this file. How can I get around that? I have tried to boot from that drive but because the chipset is different, on my machine, windows will not boot. I have the usernames and passwords for the accounts that have the private folders but there doesn't seem to be a way to try and log in with that information.
Any help and ideas, would be greatly appreciated!
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You must insure that your personal account is set as being an Administrator. Check the properties for your account. Then access the old hard drive and see if anything is in the source folders.

If you are an Administrator on the new system, and the Profile Folders on the old hard drive are still shown as empty, this means you were not Administrator on the old system and you cannot access other Profiles.

After you ensure you are an Administrator on your new system, try change the Security Properties for the entire old HD (you right-click the root folder on the old HD) and Add your new system User to that drive as an Administrator. Reboot and try to access the old HD again and check the Profiles.

The bottom line, you must be an Administrator on your old HD to access Profiles belonging to others.
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