Dead PC

  sil_ver 17:44 31 Mar 07

I've got to try and access a hard drive that's come from a dead PC - I think the Mobo is dead - XP was installed with three users. I have the Admin password. If I connect the drive to my own pc, the drive works ok but I am unable to access anything because of the p'word. Is there any way I can retrieve this info or use the password?

  VoG II 17:47 31 Mar 07
  wotbus@ 19:17 31 Mar 07

Are you connecting the HDD in addition to your normal drive, or instead of your normal drive?
If it is INSTEAD then you are simulating the dead PC. If it is in addition as SLAVE, the the OS won't try to run and you will have access to everything else.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:57 31 Mar 07

Attatch HDD as slave in another PC.

“take ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.
To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.
click here

Access Files XP Home
Simple file sharing is enabled by default in XP Home
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
click here
click here and click on the link at part one and download the required program.
Follow the instructions and the security tab will be enabled. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY OR YOU COULD DENY ACCESS TO ALL OR FILES.

  sil_ver 20:57 31 Mar 07

Thanks friends for the input. Not got time at the moment to ty anything but will report either success or failure when I can.

  sil_ver 16:33 01 Apr 07

I put the drive into my own PC and after disconnecting my own drives I set it as master. After a couple of false starts got it to boot into safe mode, after unplugging all my periferals, and was able to access the password protected drive using the one they provided. So I guess when the PC is rebuilt with new mobo all should work as before

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