Can't access hard drive from dead laptop

My laptop died so I pulled the hard drive and converted it to and external USB drive. The problem I'm having is that I can't access it because I had set a user password on my laptop. Now whenever I try to access it from my desktop, I get an access denied message and nowhere can I find a place to enter the password to access it. So now I have a good working 2.5" external drive, but I can't access it to retrieve my old file.
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  1. Sorry I didn't mention in the first post, but I'm using WinXP Home Ed.
  2. The password is probably set using third party software on the laptop. Load that software on the desktop and you can enter in the password. Hope that helps
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