> I've got a hard drive with Vista that was on it's last legs. I didn't get
> a chance to do a formal backup before the hard drive went bad but I was
> able to copy the hard drive over to an external hard drive I have.
> That's the good news. The bad news is I have no way to access the User
> section with my information on it so I'm really stuck as it has all of my
> personal information and such on it.
> Is there any way to access this area so I can get the information on it?
I read this as meaning that you were able to copy the data off the bad hard
drive onto a good hard drive. I don't know what "I have no way to access
the User section" means, though. If you are getting an "access denied"
error, then unless you actually encrypted those files all you have to do is
take ownership of them.
A. Check the permissions of the file or folder the file is saved in and take
1. Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab.
3. Under Group or user names, click your name to see the permissions you
To open a file, you need to have read permission. For more information on
permissions, see What are permissions? http://tinyurl.com/2j9vgr
To take ownership of a folder:
1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click
2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
3. Click Edit. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an
administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide
4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
5. If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this
folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
6. Click OK
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