The computer you have it in now must take ownership of the folder.
My windows XP crached, I tried a repair install, no luck. Now I want to format and reinstall windows, but first I want to backup my data. I can access the hard drive when I install it in another pc, but in the "documents and settings" folder, when I try to open my profile folder, it says "Access is denied".
What can I do to get my data off before I format?
In Windows Explorer, right-click your "documents and Settings" folder, select properties
Click the security tab
Click "Full Control"
Click "Apply" and be patient, this takes a minute or 2
Click on "everyone"
Click the square dot that shows "Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects"
Click "Apply" and again, be patient.
The new computer has full access to your documents and settings folder.