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    Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Hey all,
    I have recently bought a new HP and wanted to get all the information transfered from my old hard drive to my new one. I cannot seem to do this tho because it will not give me the permissions to access the folders on the old hard drive. Is their a way I can access this information through an admin account? I have tried to dual boot but I cannot get into the old partition and it gives the blue screen of death on the old hard drive partition (running XP operating system). Any help on this matter would be most appreciated.

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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Hmmm - I just did this from my old Vista x64 partition to my new Vista x64 partition - and had no problems (copying info that is).

    However, trying to boot your old XP partition in your new comp is not going to work - the mobo, and other hardware, drivers are just going to be too different for XP to be able to cope.

    Are you running Windows Explorer with the "Run as Administrator" enabled (find windows explorer in start and right click, then select "Run as Administrator" - because you will need full admin privileges to do so).

    If that does not work, then here is an idea - on your new computer, try creating a new user - that has the exact same username and password as the user on the XP partition (and make sure it is not a limited user - IOW, it is an administrator account). Now change (not switch users but actually log out of your current user and log into the new user) and see if you can copy the info. If you can, then you'll want to copy every thing to your 'public' folders (create folders in C:\Users\Public) so that you can boot back into your other account and still get access to them.

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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by murr View Post
    I cannot seem to do this tho because it will not give me the permissions to access the folders on the old hard drive.
    Take ownership of the folders in the old hard drive.

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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by sidney1st View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by murr View Post
    I cannot seem to do this tho because it will not give me the permissions to access the folders on the old hard drive.
    Take ownership of the folders in the old hard drive.
    I have tried to take ownership of the folders going through the security tab, but even then I cannot get the copy to occur.

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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Hello murr.

    Welcome to the forums!

    Here's a couple ideas, I don't know if they will help or not.

    Take Ownership of file

    Context Menu - Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER

    Can't hurt to give them a look.


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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Disable UAC and reboot. Then take ownership of the all folders in the sub container from the root of the drive.

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    Re: Access information stored on old Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by SCSIraidGURU View Post
    Disable UAC and reboot. Then take ownership of the all folders in the sub container from the root of the drive.
    Ok well taking the UAC and disabling it worked great! I was able to take complete ownership of the files and have it work! I did have to do this under the admin account tho that is only available through cmd prompt.

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