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Accessing password-protected My Documents folders on old hard driv

  1. #1


    encj Guest

    Accessing password-protected My Documents folders on old hard driv

    My old hard drive kept having corrupted file errors in the System32
    directory, so Windows wouldn't boot. However, the rest of the files on that
    drive were still accessible when the hard drive was put into another
    computer.

    I now have a new computer with Vista, and installed my old hard drive as a
    secondary hard drive on the new computer. I'm trying to move all the "my
    documents" files over, but I can't access them since those user accounts had
    been password-protected. I can access other folders just fine.

    How can I get access to those folders so I can bring them onto the new hard
    drive when I can't go back and log into those accounts and remove the
    passwords?

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    P. Di Stolfo Guest

    Re: Accessing password-protected My Documents folders on old hard driv

    Hello,

    what do you mean by password protected? That you owned the folder as a user
    with password?
    Then right-click that folder and click Properties -> tab "Security" ->
    Advanced -> Owner -> Edit -> and select your user on the Vista machine.
    Then, if still necessary, go to the tab "Security" and add your Vista user
    name and give all permissions to it.

    Greetings,
    P. Di Stolfo

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    "encj" <encj@discussions.microsoft.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    > My old hard drive kept having corrupted file errors in the System32
    > directory, so Windows wouldn't boot. However, the rest of the files on
    > that
    > drive were still accessible when the hard drive was put into another
    > computer.
    >
    > I now have a new computer with Vista, and installed my old hard drive as a
    > secondary hard drive on the new computer. I'm trying to move all the "my
    > documents" files over, but I can't access them since those user accounts
    > had
    > been password-protected. I can access other folders just fine.
    >
    > How can I get access to those folders so I can bring them onto the new
    > hard
    > drive when I can't go back and log into those accounts and remove the
    > passwords?
    >
    > Thanks.



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  3. #3


    encj Guest

    Re: Accessing password-protected My Documents folders on old hard

    That would probably work -- but for some reason, before I got your reply,
    they just started working for me. I don't know what I did, but thanks for
    the reply.


    "P. Di Stolfo" wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > what do you mean by password protected? That you owned the folder as a user
    > with password?
    > Then right-click that folder and click Properties -> tab "Security" ->
    > Advanced -> Owner -> Edit -> and select your user on the Vista machine.
    > Then, if still necessary, go to the tab "Security" and add your Vista user
    > name and give all permissions to it.
    >
    > Greetings,
    > P. Di Stolfo
    >
    > --
    > //-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > // http://blog.lysorp.com - small Windows Blog in German language
    > //-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "encj" <encj@discussions.microsoft.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    > news:138E310C-B953-4925-AC29-0832AB8A5E63@microsoft.com...
    > > My old hard drive kept having corrupted file errors in the System32
    > > directory, so Windows wouldn't boot. However, the rest of the files on
    > > that
    > > drive were still accessible when the hard drive was put into another
    > > computer.
    > >
    > > I now have a new computer with Vista, and installed my old hard drive as a
    > > secondary hard drive on the new computer. I'm trying to move all the "my
    > > documents" files over, but I can't access them since those user accounts
    > > had
    > > been password-protected. I can access other folders just fine.
    > >
    > > How can I get access to those folders so I can bring them onto the new
    > > hard
    > > drive when I can't go back and log into those accounts and remove the
    > > passwords?
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    >


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