Access pswd protected folder from old laptop

April 18, 2011 at 12:27:03
Specs: Windows XP to 7

My old laptop (Windows XP) recently experienced a video card 'meltdown' so I purchased a new Windows 7 PC. I took out the old harddrive and put it in a USB connected case thinking I would be able to transfer the most recent files I hadn't backed up prior to the meltdown. The problem I am having is with one folder (and of course the files and folders contained therein) that is password protected. When I log into my new Windows 7 unit and try to copy that folder or p[en or copy the files, I get a message telling me that I don't have the access rights.

My account on the Windows 7 is set up as a member of the administrator group. The account used to create the folders and files on the Windows XP were done under the Administrator profile. Both accounts have the same password but nothing seems to work.

I have monkeyed around with changing the access rights via Windows 7 for the folder and files/sub-folders but no actions are being allowed.

Please help . . . . .I am all 'ears' Thank you so much!!

'Lost in Transition'

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April 18, 2011 at 14:23:59

Is your Windows XP drive still bootable? You might be able to access the file from XP. Your drivers won't work on the new machine but you might be able to use safe mode.

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April 18, 2011 at 14:32:35

Are you able to read or open the files that are on the external hard drive? Is it that you simply cannot copy them? Are you being fully restricted?

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April 19, 2011 at 08:58:34

I can open, copy, print, etc. all the other files on the harddrive that I removed from my old XP system but not copy or open the files that are in the password protected folder. We tried to both copy and open the files in the protected folders by connecting the old HD to a different XP based laptop but unfortunately we had the same 'no access rights' response as the Windows 7 laptop.

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April 19, 2011 at 22:02:05

Can you upload one of the restricted files and email it to yourself? I am just wondering if maybe you can upload the files to an online storage box, then download them.

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April 21, 2011 at 08:22:29

I'll try that and post a reply on the results. Thanks so much for all your help!!

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