Francebeau September 2, 2011 at 06:03:40 Specs: Win XP Pro SP3
Old computer crashed but harddrive survived. Have connected HD Old as external harddisk to replacement computer, but cannot read from most important directory: d:\documents and settings\[usernameOld]. Error message reads: "d:\documents and settings\[usernameOld] is not accessible. Acces is denied." I've tried to change attributes (by clearing read-only box) but that doesn't help. The directory contains the e-mail addressbook as well as all important files. What to do?
You will probably need to take ownership of the harddrive. right click the drive select properties select security tab click advanced button click owner tab click edit select your username as the new owner click apply click ok
done. you should now be the owner of the hard disk and be able to access all your data.
My previous reply(no Security tab) was when I had connected HD to laptop with Win7. After reconnecting to WinXP Pro machine your answer #1 worked miracles, but you also have to check box at bottom before OK to ensure ownership is transferred for ALL files. Thanks for speedy assistance and hope others can use solution as well.
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