Salvaging Data from a Password Protected User Name

  Jay-Jay 23:11 14 May 2006

Recently had a Sata Hard Drive lose it’s config file. No amount of fixing would get it working again.

Rather than reformat the drive and re-install Windows (and of course lose everything), removed 1st hard drive, bought a 2nd hard drive (I know, should have done this before but you live and learn the hard way) and installed windows XP(sp2) on that.

THEN added the 1st hard drive back into the PC as a second drive.

PC sees the newly installed second drive BUT cannot access the previous administrator user ID (with all said data in) saying access is denied.

The intention was to copy the data to the “new” C:\drive, reformat the old C:\drive, then set a nightly back up from the New C:\drive to the old C:\drive which is now acting as a back up drive.

Confused yet ?? – the chap at PC-World got muddled but his colleague in the back said would work. And it did on a non-password protected username.

Any suggestions welcome

PS – also bought DVD writer to burn everything in sight to disk once resolved – I’m not going through this again.

  Taff™ 23:32 14 May 2006

XP Home: By default, you can only make files and folders under My Documents "private". This is done by right clicking a folder or file and selecting Properties, Sharing. To change the permissions on other folders, you need to boot the computer to Safe Mode and log in on the built in Administrator account. In this mode, you'll see the Security tab in Properties, and you can assign permissions based on user name or
group membership.

  Taff™ 23:37 14 May 2006
  Jay-Jay 23:59 14 May 2006

Taff - just tried both suggestions - strike out on both fronts.

Also tried setting up a user name with same name / password to try and con it into thinking back again - no joy their either

  strech 09:29 15 May 2006

click here

try this look under secrets on left side
im not posative about what secrets it tells you
hope it help
im just looking at it myself

  Taff™ 10:09 15 May 2006

It will tell you e-mail accounts and passwords but not login passwords unless they`re the same of course!!! (Now there`s a thought - you might get lucky!)

  Taff™ 10:29 15 May 2006

This one is similar click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:08 15 May 2006

Access Files
If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.

To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.

Reset password for Windows XP by hitting f8 at bootup, select safe mode, at logon, go to the admin account, hit enter, and the password is now reset.

Admin password. Do not have one.
start > control panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Security Options - scroll down to Recovery Console > Allow automatic administrative logon - set it to Enabled

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