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file access help

Hi guys,

My laptop harddrive fails to load up vista and there are some very important items of coursework on my desktop that I stupidly forgot to back up.

So I remove my laptop harddrive and plug it into my desktop as a secondary harddrive and lo and behold I can access my music and pictures etc. However, the important files that I need are still on the desktop. I can get into the users folder on the laptop drive however whenever I try to access my username to get to my desktop I get the following error "you don't currently have permission to access this folder". Now I know my password for my user profile on my laptop and I assume this is the reason I am being denied access as I need to unlock it however there is no option to put a password in.

It then tells me to click continue to get access to this folder however nothing happens. I have tried to alter security permissions as per another thread I've been reading and have also tried to follow the steps detailed in the following thread
however all to no avail (although I may not be following the steps correctly)

I am pretty sure the laptop harddrive is on the way out as it freezes on CHKDSK and the fact vista wont load - so would like to recover these files before it completely bites the dust!

Any help will be greatly appreciated. If you need more info, please let me know.

Thank you

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