Accessing XP's user accounts from another disk

  ade.h 15:33 08 Nov 03

I have recently suffered a boot failure on my main HDD, and I am now using what was my slave disk (which already had XP installed, as this is not the first disk failure I've had). Although I regularly copied my files to the slave, I still have a few files that were written in the week since the last backup and it's these I want to retrieve.

Trouble is, I can find no way of accessing my folders on the failed disk, due to having file sharing disabled in my original account. I had no choice but to keep my folders private, as they hold personal financial data regarding business clients.

Does anybody know how I can disable the privacy settings while viewing the old disk as a slave, maybe via regedit, or is it possible to repair the boot sector so that it's directly accessible again?

  ade.h 15:57 08 Nov 03

Thanks for the response; I am using XP Home, not Pro. Booting in Safe Mode is not possible as the disk in question is no longer bootable due to a critical boot failure; I am accessing it from my backup disk, which is now the master. Would your 2nd suggestion still allow access, and if so, how?

  ade.h 18:53 08 Nov 03

I've since managed to figure out what you were getting at by logging in as Administrator and looking at the disk properties. I guess you meant the Sharing & Security options on the po-up menu. I found the ownership option you mentioned and got full access back! Thanks for your help.

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