Reading Hard Drive to recover data

Chrisalis

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I am trying to recover data from a laptop hard drive I have removed from a clients Vista based laptop. The system board appears to be bad, but the hard disk appears to be ok. I am using a SATA to USB adapter to look at the hardrive using another computer (running Windows 7) .
There is an icon with a lock on a couple of the directories. One being the Documents and Settings directory. I can't see files in the directory. I have taken ownership of the directory and I see a subdirectory with my name , as if a subdirectory was created because my computer took ownership , but I don't see other files.
How do I recover the data ?
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richc46

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Welcome
From reading your post, it appears that you are trying to recover the stuff that is on the HD, documents, pics etc.
I think you may want to start with this software. Download and look around. Your stuff may be able to be viewed.
I think going into doucments and settings will lead to a dead end.
Documents and Settings in Vista and Windows 7 - 4sysops
 

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ilikefree

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Chrisalis

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Both of these replies were interesting and helpful. After taking ownership of the directories, I could see the files and copy them. The biggest problem was that there was no obvious user directory. The users data was in a user directory called "test". I suppose the user didn't understand how to set up the accounts.
 

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