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Recover data from ex-primary hard drive

Hi everyone, I'm having some trouble recovering data and hopefully you will be able to help. I'm a new member but I've been frequenting this website for over a year now for all kinds of technical help.

My problem is a result of a long series of attempts to fix a corrupt Windows registry file.

A few days ago I booted my laptop and received a blue screen error: c0000218, relating to a corrupt Windows registry file. Windows could not load. After a lot of searching online I found a way to manually replace this and four other related files from the c:\Windows\Repair folder using the command prompt.

This process seemed to work and Windows began to load. I then received a lsass.exe error saying something about invalid passwords. My laptop began an infinite cycle of restarting itself. I looked up the lsass.exe error and people seemed to think it was unrecoverable.

As my hard drive was reasonably small (100g) and had been showing some signs of problems I decided to just buy a new one. I went out and purchased a new 320g 2.5" hard drive along with a 2.5" USB drive enclosure and another 1g stick of RAM.

My plan was to put the new drive in my laptop with a fresh install of Windows then mount my old drive in the external enclosure and access it as a data drive to get my old files.

The new hard drive is up and running fine. My problem now is that access is denied to "My Documents" on my old hard drive. I tried giving myself full control over "My Documents" and this allowed me to view its contents but I cannot go any further than that.

I have about 80% of my data backed up on another external hard drive but I really want to recover some recient university projects from the old drive. Any suggestions how to do so would be much appreciated.


Regards

Ty
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    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/810881/en-us Boot into Safe Mode if you're running Windows XP Home.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us You could have recovered from a corrupted registry on your old hard drive.

    Grumpy
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    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/810881/en-us Boot into Safe Mode if you're running Windows XP Home.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us You could have recovered from a corrupted registry on your old hard drive.

    Grumpy



    Sorry, I should have mentioned that safe mode would not boot either, got exactly the same errors. Also, that microsoft guide is the one I used to manually replace the registry files causing the lsass.exe error.
  3. Boot into Safe Mode from the NEW hard drive.
  4. I was able to re-set the permissions, thanks for your help.
  5. Hi Ty
    I have the problem as you, I cannot access my document file when I try to recover the data my dead laptop. I was wondering how do you re-set the permissions. Could you provide me a step by step on how to do it? thank you so much

    NL
  6. nl08 said:
    Hi Ty
    I have the problem as you, I cannot access my document file when I try to recover the data my dead laptop. I was wondering how do you re-set the permissions. Could you provide me a step by step on how to do it? thank you so much

    NL


    Hi NL,

    I followed exactly the steps in this link (also linked above) to reset permissions for the drive. It's set out pretty clearly but if you still have trouble let me know.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/810881/en-us


    Good Luck


    Ty
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