i have windows xp on an external drive and want to transfer files to new computer on windows 8 what to do

I have windows xp on an external hard drive and want to transfer all file to a new computer on windows 8 using the usb connection. when I try to transfer the file it says that I don't have permission to do so. what can I do?
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  1. 1) Is the drive protected?
    2) Do you have admin rights on the Windows 8 computer?
    3) Is it just a backup of your files or you actually have Windows XP on an external drive?
    4) How big are the file(s) you're trying to transfer? Are the files larger than the available space?
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