Solved Accessing my old HD

October 7, 2011 at 05:57:40
Specs: Windows 7
I put my old HD in my new desktop and have 2 questions:
1. Is it advisable to try to boot from my old HD (it's a Windows XP HD in a Windows 7 computer)
2. If I had a password for my desktop (or the account used most) and now I'm getting a "privileges" error when trying to access that account, how do I get the option to enter that password and enter the account, or simply enter the account?

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October 8, 2011 at 19:30:39
You cannot boot to the operating system that was installed on the hard drive when it was connected to a different system. IF you want to use the hard drive as a second boot device you will HAVE to reinstall the operating system WHILE it is attached to THAT computer. Then you can repair Windows 7 and set up the dual boot to both systems. THIS assumes that you will be able to get XP drivers for your hardware, which in many cases you will find impossible, depending on the system.

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#1
October 7, 2011 at 06:08:43
Connect the old HD with a USB enclosure. Don't boot with it.

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#2
October 7, 2011 at 06:11:32
Why not just set up the old hard disk as a slave drive within your new desktop and access the files on it from your new desktop's operating system and transfer to the new hard disk if you need to? You won't be able to boot an old XP install on a new PC.

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#3
October 7, 2011 at 06:13:52
I had a password to access the account. I did set it up as a slave and all's peachy except the account with all the info. has a password that I'm not being given the option to enter the password and enter it, or simply enter the HD without having to enter the password.

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#4
October 7, 2011 at 06:20:30
What happens if you delete the SAM file? It's in a few places.

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#5
October 7, 2011 at 06:23:24
Didn't try that

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October 7, 2011 at 08:44:39
Did some reading and the answer to question 1 is a "multi-boot." I'd really like to get at potential problems doing a multi-boot with Windows 7 with your OS's on 2 HD.

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#7
October 7, 2011 at 16:09:57
Booting isn't as easy as guessed, it goes back to first boot device and freezes when you select that as the bootable HD in CMOS. However, to access every file you have to manually change the privileges on each file to see what's there. It's as simple as right clicking and editing security options. I got through by putting Administrators on each file (I used that since there is the thing about the "hidden administrator account")

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October 8, 2011 at 19:30:39
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You cannot boot to the operating system that was installed on the hard drive when it was connected to a different system. IF you want to use the hard drive as a second boot device you will HAVE to reinstall the operating system WHILE it is attached to THAT computer. Then you can repair Windows 7 and set up the dual boot to both systems. THIS assumes that you will be able to get XP drivers for your hardware, which in many cases you will find impossible, depending on the system.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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