Need help getting into a locked folder

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September 16, 2010 at 14:26:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.204 GHz / 1982 MB
I have two file folders of pictures/docs/mp3s etc on my computer that I would like to access, that are locked.

I am the administrative account on my computer, the only other account is the default administrative account that comes with the system, so it isn't a matter of password locking, I don't believe. (I have deleted any passwords anyways.)
I can access both accounts (the default, only in safe mode.)
The locked files are things I had on my pc before a crash that I system recovered from. I did not think I had any of these old files, I thought they had been lost in the system recovery. However, while using malwarebytes in safe mode, I tried those old locked files with fileassassin and actually found all that old stuff. I was able to cut/paste the files into my current admin account, hoping to be able to open them there while not in fileassassin (where you can't open, you can only delete and move.)

However, when I try to open one, I get an error message that tells me the full name of the file, and then "is not available. Access is denied."

All of the tutorials I have seen seem to deal primarily with cracking passwords to someone elses admin account, or cracking an admin account that you forgot the password to, which hasn't helped me, since there is no password in question. I would just like to get into those folders, because I have a lot of old pictures and things in them that I want back. I was able to see inside the folders with fileassassin, but I can't get them out. So if anyone has any insight, ideas, or solutions, I would very much appreciate any help. Thanks :)

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September 16, 2010 at 14:50:50
run chkdsk /f via a cmd prompt answering yes to the question and then reboot so it runs. This will check drive and file system integrity.

web search taking ownership of files and apply it to these locked files.

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September 16, 2010 at 15:40:01
Not sure if this will help but maybe you need to take ownership of the files/folders. Look at the MS link below to learn how.

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September 16, 2010 at 15:52:07
You could try a Linux Live CD such as Puppy or Knoppix. If it is a Windows issue you should be able to open them and also put them onto a flash drive.

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