Recovering files from corrupt Windows XP driv

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
March 28, 2010 at 11:50:48
Specs: Windows 7
A few months ago, on my old computer, something happened and Windows XP would not complete the boot cycle. Not even in safe mode. Since the whole system was 7 yrs old, I decided to just build another computer. My new system runs Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit.

What I am trying to do is this...
I have placed the old hard drive in the new computer as a slave and cannot open files as needed. I can browse and run programs from the drive. However, I can't open any files such as Word or Excel documents. I read enough to figure out that I had to take ownership of the folders that the files were located in to be able to view them, but still can't actually open them. Microsoft Word for example says, "Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges." Word does not ask for the password to the file, just the immediate message box. Any help in accessing the files is appreciated.

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March 28, 2010 at 12:09:55
Presumably you have done all this:

I assume MS Office is installed on the new machine and it will open newly created Word or Excel files. Have you tried copying a file across from the old HD to your new one, to see if it opens there?

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March 28, 2010 at 13:00:21
Thanks for the help. I apparently was missing something while taking ownership. I linked to the "Add Take Ownership Option in Right Click Context Menu of Windows 7" page from a link in the page you provided. After downloading and installing the files to automate the process, it works fine.

And yes, the Office software is installed on the new hard drive with Windows 7.

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March 28, 2010 at 13:18:20
Glad to hear you fixed it and thanks for popping back to let us know.

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