That's a great big Ten-Four good buddy. Unless you encrypt the data, and
that is best done with a full disk encrypting hard drive, the HDD can be
accessed via any number of means other than physically removing it from the
The personal opinion of
Gary G. Little
"David" <davmay@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I am going to have some hardware repairs done on my laptop. In order to
>make sure I will not lose any data, I removed the hard drive from the
>laptop, put it into a hard drive enclosure, and connected it to a USB port
>on my desktop computer. I was able to back up all the HD data from the
>laptop onto the desktop.
> I was able to access the data for all users on the laptop without having
> to enter any user account passwords.
> Does this mean that if someone were to steal my laptop and they wanted to
> get access to the data for all my user accounts, all they would have to do
> is remove the HD, connect it to another computer, and then copy all
> unencrypted data?
> To put it another way: Is the protection provided by user account
> passwords only effective when the hard drive is installed in the computer
> on which those user accounts are established?