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Gaining access to lost files. Help

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April 1, 2011 12:18:30 AM

Hi guys :hello: 
Windows XP messed up last year, :cry:  I tryed everything, then i reinstall XP. I could see my old files now, but it wouldn't give me access to them. Since then i got a new drive and win7. Now with the old drive as the secont, it let's me gain access to the folders "after I claim to be the administrator", but not to the document or pictures.
Any ideas or suggestions. :bounce: 

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a c 115 G Storage
April 1, 2011 5:45:46 AM

you could try booting of a Linux Live CD and see if it will allow you access to the files
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a c 324 G Storage
April 1, 2011 12:58:52 PM

Two possibilities:
First, the hard drive may be failing. In that case, you will need to use some sort of recovery software or, in the worst case, professional recovery services (thousands of dollars). If the drive is failing, do not do anything that might cause a write to it.

If the drive is fine and the only problem is access, and the directories are still there, as Administrator you can edit the directory protections and make them world accessible. (XP directions, not 7, sorry) Right-click on the directory, select Properties, go to the Security tab, Add an entry for "Users", and make sure that that entry has at least Read and Execute permission. Click on Advanced in the Security tab, select "Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects," and de-select "Inherit from parent...". Click on OK, and you will grant permissions to all logged-in users on that directory tree.

But this is a write operation, and if the problem turns out to be disk damage, it will make the drive harder to recover. So unless you are _sure_ the drive is OK, try the recovery software.
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April 3, 2011 3:32:42 AM

Best answer selected by Donald92382.
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a c 324 G Storage
April 3, 2011 2:08:37 PM

Glad the problem is fixed. Which was it? Failing HDD or protection?
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April 3, 2011 2:43:15 PM

WyomingKnott said:
Glad the problem is fixed. Which was it? Failing HDD or protection?



Failing HDD
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