Solved Extracting data from PC hard drive

May 9, 2012 at 18:12:28
Specs: Windows XP

My PC died, it is either the power source or the mother board, we decided not to fix it but would like the data from it. I bought an enclosure for it so I can move everything to a laptop but realized that we left most of the files we want in Documents (about 150GB). What is the best way to get it out?

I tried to open the file, there seems to be some access issues but it's still trying - it's been 1.5 hours now. Would I have better luck just copying it onto the laptop?

Thanks in advance!


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May 9, 2012 at 21:31:40
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Would I have better luck just copying it onto the laptop?

Yes, that is the correct way t do it. No need to open a file in order to copy it from one place to another.

However if you are getting Access denied you may need to take ownership of the files. Although you own the files, they would have been created under a different user account on the desk top than the laptop.

This will tell you how:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

If these are MS word documents just make sure you have MS Word installed on the laptop in order to read them.

Stuart


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