Laptop Hard Disk

I have a now defunct laptop and need to retrieve some files off the hard disk. Both my desktop and laptop run Win XP home, but if I add the laptop HDD as second drive, cant access the 'My Documents' folder. (Access Denied error message) and if I connect the drive as master, the desktop wont boot from it. I can 'see' original folders with explorer, but cant access them. Would re-installing XP over the top of it help?? or is there some way to reset the access to the original 'My Documents' folder??

  MAJ 21:01 17 Dec 03

Depending on the size of the files that you want to recover, have you tried copying them to a floppy via a command prompt, Gazzer99?

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