I just got a new computer because my old motherboard failed on me.
I took the old hard drive out and got a little thing to make it an external hard drive.
I wanted to access my old "My Documents" folder. But, I can't. It says access to that direcory is denied (I'm assuming it doesn't think I have administrator privelages or something). My whole file system is in-tact, etc. How can I get through to this folder? Thanks.
I'd wager you had selected the "make documents private" or whatever option it is in the user account control panel when you had your old system up and running. I'm not quite sure since I don't have a Windows machine near me, but since you have administrator access, you might be able to right click the folder, hit properties, and adjust ownership and permissions from there. Hope this helps.
Okay so you have a new computer. This "little thing" I take it is an enclosure to make it external (usb or firewire). Since its not an active OS disk you shouldnt have to worry about premissions and all that jazz... you should be able to navagite to it and then do what you need to do. Try renaming the folder to something else if you can.Originally Posted by KingJustin
The only other thing I can think is that the install of your old OS got hosed.
I believe it's going to be an owernship issue. Try doing this:Originally Posted by KingJustin
1) Right-click the folder(s)
2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4. In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
5. Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
This is all going under the assumption you're using windows XP
i agree. i bet he's accessing the folder with the new computer, but he's coming in to the old HD as a secondary user, instead of the main account. he may not even be logged into windows on the old HD.
after rereading cbates' post, it's clear he knows what he's talking about and i'm just blowing smoke.
his stuff sounds feasible, though.
I dont think you can log onto other windows installs??? Other then the active install???Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd
What he could also do is reboot with the external hard drive connected, change the BIOS settings so it boots first, and boot back into the old windows installation off that drive. This should work since windows is supposedly still installed on the old drive. Then plug in a usb thumbdrive, back up the My Documents folder, restart, revert the BIOS settings, and boot back into the new windows installation. Copy files back from the usb thumbdrive, and voila.Originally Posted by WBBIRL
whamo! good idea!
Originally Posted by Jordan
I never knew you could boot an OS over USB???? I thought that would be atleast until vista....
Why would he need a thumb drive, he could just copy the files to the other windows disk just to the hard drive itself and then move it into my documents or whereever once hes using that drive as the OS disk again.
I'm pretty sure you're right that he can't boot from it since it's hooked into the USB port. I'm not sure if I know any motherboards that can boot from USB, but I haven't been in the market for a motherboard in awhile, so I could be wrong.Originally Posted by WBBIRL
ya, the one ones can boot to USB.
Justin, did you encrypt the files via windows right-click functionality?
that would only work if he bought a third party encryption utility or has windows xp pro
Hey, thanks for the help guys. Right after I posted this I actually tried the "boot from external drive" technique and it failed miserably, haha.
CBates, that's exactly what I was looking for. Works pefectly, thanks.
I know that... but you never know... :-)Originally Posted by WBBIRL
Ah, well, glad you got it working. Most fairly recent systems I've seen have the option to boot from a USB device.
Mine was just built in april and it doesnt.... my motherboard is a DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D and it doesnt do no such stuff...
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