My Laptop just died last week. Can't restart or anything. Think it's the graphipcs card that broke (fixed it before but now broke again)
Now the problem: Removed my HP Pavilion Laptop's HDD and attached it to my PC using a SATA adapter with USB2.
Was able to access and transfer all files from my Guest account (which had no administrator rights)
BUT, I just can't manage to transfer my other files that were store under my own administrator profile.
I was able to change security on each folder until I got down to the actual files. (Had to do it for each and every sub-folder, not that nice...) The files are displayed, but I can't open them. Also, there's no further possibility to add my PC's user as the owner to the actual pictures and other files I need to transfer. The icon is shown, files are the actual size, but I can't copy them to my PC nor open them from the attached Laptop HDD...
First you have to own the files. Right click on file/folder go to properties/security/advances, add your account in the owners tab and also in the permissions tab. Then go back to the folders and on security tab, add your user again, making sure to have full controll of the folder/file. It's still a bit weird though, I was never able to view the files on the disk itself. Only after I copied to my desktop I could make use of the files. Just try and try, hopefully you'll succeed :-)
Try Loading Linux (mint or if you want something that looks like windows use Zorin) from a live disk and copy the files that way onto a USB. Linux doesnt need rights to view the files on the hard drive