Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here, but I upgraded my HDD to a 60GB one some time ago and placed the old one (with windows still installed) into a USB2 external casing to later be wiped and used as portable storage.
Now maybe it's just me but I'm pretty sure that I had a logon password on that old drive and windows installation, and for obvious reasons, if that said password was forgotton, you would be unable to boot into the OS (Win 2k).
However, as the drive is now a SLAVE drive in a USB2 casing, the entire structure of windows 2k on the old drive is still visable, albeit as a seperate HDD number, in my WinXP OS on the new HDD.
Doesn't this defeat the whole object of a logon password, if all somebody needs to do is remove the drive, place it in a casing and scroll through the old HDD, removing any documents/files as you go???
Not only is it true Ben, but if you install the drive as slave, as you have, then you can also reset the password on the slave drive and bingo. Its just a case of rummaging for the SAM files in %systemroot%.
Obviously theres a bit more to it but you never know whose looking :o)
Because if so, it means that anybody can opena PC which contains private files, remove the HDD, stick it into their own PC, copy the drives files onto their own HDD and bingo, bye bye privacy!
What's even better, is that you can then stick the HDD back and the person who's files you've slolen would be none the wiser.
Something which needs to be seriously addressed if you ask me. It seems in essence to be far too simply in operation but if it's really IS that simple then I cannot see how this has been overlooked by the Mighty Microsoft?
What a waste of time!
Be warned everybody, your PC is NOT as safe as you may have previously thought! Unless somebody can find the loophole?
Ben, Windows is not a secure environment. 9x didn't even pretend to be and 2K NT XP etc are so easily bypassed.
Third party tools that lock down drives and encryption are the only way of protecting data. If you install the drive as slave your not booting from it so its just another drive as far as Windows knows.