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Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

Q: Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else)..by plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

Preferred Solution: Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

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A: Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.


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My Dell Studio XPS 16 motherboard failed but I was able to get the hard drive out of my computer and connected to my desktop using a case that makes it act as an external hard drive.

I now am trying to copy the old files from the Dell hard drive to my new computer's hard drive but some of the folders are password protected and didn't copy with the rest of the old C drive.

Clicking on some of these folder brings up a dialog box informing me I do not have privilege to see those files and I canceled out of the dialog box as I was worried I might accidentally erase the folder if I did not unlock it properly. Both computers were most recently running Windows 7 though the old Dell laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista.

What are the steps for recovering these files?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Recovering Files from Password Protected Laptop Hard Drive

See if this tutorial helps. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I recently purchased a cheap hard drive enclosure to house a drive from an old machine. The drive had previously lived in an Icy Box enclosure and had worked fine. Unfortunately the power supply for the Icy Box gave up and now I have bought this replacement.

When I started it up, the drive was recognised but without any of the files that were previously there. I have downloaded Pandora Recovery from Cnet and tried a deep scan. This has shown that the files are still there but crashes at about 1% of the scan.

Can anyone advise on any other freeware which can solve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Hard drive files need recovering

At this point... its a lost cause I would say, BUT!

You could always try making a mirror of the dead drive, and try to recover from that image... though not sure I would expect to recover the files

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I need help with recovering files from a hard drive with Windows 98 as the OS. This computer was my mom's old one. I moved the "My Documents" folder to a new computer for her by using the cut and paste method to a USB flash drive. I then moved the contents from the flash drive onto a new computer with Windows Vista. I deleted the files from the flash drive to let her use it for other purposes. So far so good. Then this:

1. The new computer had a problem with the power hardware and was sent back to the factory for repair.
2. Received the computer back with a reformatted hard drive (data not there).
3. Mom did not want to deal with Vista, so I swapped her computer with a new one that runs Windows XP.
4. The missing files contain medical history and vital pictures.
5. I live about 400 miles from my mom, so this is being worked on long distance.
6. She lives in a small town with very limited computer service support.

Here is my question. What is the best process to recover these files? I have the original hard drive here with me. I have Windows XP and Vista available on the computers at my house. I can also have the USB flash drive sent, but it would have to come via mail or UPS. Is there an issue with slaving a Windows 98 formatted drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine? Or should I take the extra time to have her send the flash drive and try to recover the files from it? And are there any special precautions to take when shipping a flash drive... Read more

A:Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive

First and foremost - don't do anything to any of the drives until you're ready to recover the data. Each and every access gives a greater risk of losing the data.

The original hard drive - does it still have the original files on it? If so, the best bet is to slave this drive to another system and transfer the files from it. You can either attach it to a free space on one of the cables on your current computer (with the proper jumper settings) - or you can get a drive enclosure to put it in and hook it up to a USB port on your system. Then it's just a matter of copying the files to your computer (and backing them up just-in-case to a CD).

Recovering deleted files is another story - and they're even more sensitive to the "more it's used, the more likely that the data is gone" theory. It takes special software and techniques - although there is some freeware than can recover some stuff for you.

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my old xp hard drive was uber slow so i upgraded to a new one with a new xp install

Now i need my files off my old windows xp hard drive but it won't let me access my files saying ACCESS IS DENIED

is there any way to get those dang files

A:recovering files from old xp Hard Drive

you can try taking ownership of the files/folders

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

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I recently install a new m/b and i bought a new HD for a fresh install.

After the install i connected my old SATA with that windows still on it. Booted up fine, the partitions on the old one are all fine. But i can't access the administrators fold with all my work/personal documents and more importantly my firefox profile...*sigh*

Obviously i have the password but every time i click on it it just gives me a 'Access is denied'.

Anyway I can enter the password or go around it?

Oh i'm on XP


A:How do i access My Documents on an old hard drive which is password protected?

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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

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Greetings all,

First of all I would like to apologize should I be posting in the incorrect section(if so please some mod move this thread to the appropriate section)

So a few days ago my 750GB Hard drive in my Lenovo Y580 laptop failed (due to my setting it on sleep for a long time and taking the laptop with me outside for a prolonged amount of time)

When I got back home, I tried to turn on the laptop and I got 3 or 4 clicks("Click of death" I believe) so I bought a new 1TB Harddrive and used Lenovo recovery disks to get the laptop back to working order

Moving on, I bought a SATA to USB enclosure so that I might try to recover some files from my failed Harddrive, now the thing is, when I connect it, it doesn't give the click sounds anymore and it seems to read, however, here's the weird part, it only shows me the Lenovo recovery part of the drive

Here's how it looks like in my computer and disk management:

So my question is, what does the "OEM Partition" mean on my failed HDD(Disk 2)? and do you think it's possible to recover any data or does this mean all is lost? and if there is a chance of recovery how can I open up the part of the drive where the data was(which apparently in this case is the OEM paritition)

Right clicking on the OEM part only gives me the "Help" option

Best Regards,

A:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?

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My friend gave me her PC to reinstall windows on for her because it was infected with a virus that was preventing her PC from booting up, but before I do that she said she wanted me to recover some pictures off of the hard drive, I told her no problem. But I wasn't thinking at the time, is it really as simple as hooking her hard drive up as a secondary to my computer, would that cause my hard drive to become infected? I use AVG as my anti virus program, would this prevent my computer from becoming infected if i just wanted to burn her pictures to a CD from my PC?

Hope my question is clear enough, any tips/advice would be appreciated, and I apologize for my ignorance but I'm not too familiar with computer viruses.

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Long story short, I went away for a few days (Grandfather was in hospital) and I hadn't paid my electric bill. They shut off power and when it came back on the power surge got to my computer hard drive.

I can still access my files, but the drive has errors which were fixed, but I've experienced frequent lockups, slowdowns, etc.

I bought a new 320GB SATA drive since everything else seemed okay. Even the power supply showed good voltage, but I decided to put it all in a new case anyway with a Raidmax 450watt PS.

I hooked up the old drive temporarily to save some files to the new drive, but one thing I can't figure out.. how can I get stuff off my old desktop? It says it cannot be accessed. Probably because my account had a password on it.

There isn't much on the desktop that I needed anyway, but I was programming some Atari 2600 games and I had some files there I believe, and a few graphics I'd like to have.

A:Recovering files off old hard drive's desktop..

I am assuming that you re-installed Windows fresh on the new drive, Yes?

Follow these directions to gain access back to your files:


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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


A:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.

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Anyone know of a good program for restoring files from a crashed hard drive.
I've already used Spinrite on the drive and can now access the drive. The bad news is some of my folders and files are now just a bunch of ascii characters. Is there a program that will allow me to recover these? This is a FAT32 formated drive of 120 Gb capacity.


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This is great for some files. It knows over 80 types of files. I lost a drive and my main concern was pics. I used it to recover 1700 jpgs from a crashed hard drive. It also got various doc and odt files. I also recovered many mp3s and mpg clips.
Some of the mp3s are broken into smaller files, and I haven't looked thru them yet.
The mpg clips were large xvid files, so now I have many smaller clips, I could edit them together if I really wanted to.

It took about 6 hours to recover 45 GB of data from a disk.

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hi i have(now dead) 200 gb maxtor hd, i know i know bad disk to buy, now i know my brands, seagate all the way haha, ne ways i think the partition where xp installed got corrupted, and it wont let me do ne thing, it gave me that "your disk must be corrupted" warning when i booted up. Some pictures were on that partition, like wedding, prom, grad, and i was wondering, instead of formatting the whole drive, or even the partition, can i use like hard drive data recovery software like "Helix"? I came here to see if any body can help me out, or even show me an easier way, cuz from the looks of it Helix looks very confusing.

--thnx in advance

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Not sure if you are in the uk, I have used this tool >> http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=35057&doy=14m3&C=SO&U=strat15

You just plug the hard drive into it and the other end into a usb port on a pc and it shows up as an external hard drive. Depending on whether your hard drive is not completely gone.Then the data can just be taken off it. If its a sata drive they do one for that also

Another way is if you are putting a new hard drive in then put the bad one in as a slave drive then it wil do basically the same thing and show up as another drive and you should be able to access all your pics etc.

Data recovery tools are ok for accidentally formatted/totally shot drives etc but I would hope you wouldn't need to go that far

Hope it helps


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Well I thought I would finally get around to trying to recover files from a hard drive that crashed a few years ago. I opened up my computer tower that has a replaced hard drive which is the master boot. I put the crashed hard drive on the 2nd IDE connector to make the drive the slave drive. Plugged it into the power cable. With the manual I have it says to put the jumpers as cable select. Did that. Shut the case. Turned the computer back on and now it doesn't recognize either hard drive. So I took out the crashed hard drive and booted up again and all was well. Why didn't the computer boot up with a slave drive connected? Thanks.

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I pulled the hard drive out of a laptop and up it in a enclosure with USB access but i cant access the file under the user area of the hard drive. It say i don't have permission.

A:recovering files from laptop hard drive

Typically to access files on a HDD that is connected via USB it requires you to be logged into the computer as a administrator. Make sure the account you are login in on is an admin.

If this doesn't work, let us know.

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I have a portable hard drive...basically a 3.5" laptop hard drive that I put into an enclosure with a USB connections. I've deleted some files that I'd like to recover so I've stopped using the drive for fear of overwriting my data. I have a copy of Hiren's Boot CD which has several programs that allow for data recovery....PhotoRec, DetDataBack, etc. All are pretty good programs.

Here's my problem.

The data I'm trying to recover is about 60 Gigs worth of data. I only have 40 Gigs of free space on the local hard drive where the USB drive is connected. I have plenty of space on a my network server BUT I can't seem to reach that drive when booting from Hiren's Boot CD. So, my question is...How do I recover data from this portable drive and save it to a network location? The recovery process would need to write the data to my network share in real-time.


A:How To Recovering Deleted Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

I'm unsure if the Hiren's boot cd has network access. If not, you've got 2 possibilites:
- recover the stuff in Windows so you have network access (you can get copies of most recovery programs that will work in Windows - but they may cost)
- recover 40 gb to the hard drive using Hiren's - then boot into Windows to transfer it to the network. Then boot back into Hiren's for the remaining 20 gb.

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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this or not (I apologize if it isn't!). I recently got a refurbished computer to replace my old Gateway GT5676 that crapped out on me about a year and a half ago (information from a previous post below). The computer guy I took it to was able to transfer my 1TB hard drive into the new(er) computer, but he wasn't able to access the C drive with the rest of my files at all, saying it would be a whole new set of charges to see what the problem was, that it may take refurbishing the old computer just to be able to access those files.

I can't afford to do that, but I may have to if there is no other option as I have business files on that hard drive that I need.

Does anyone know what other options I may have here? Is there any way to access the files on that main drive without having to fix that entire computer?

If this helps, this is from my first post 18 months ago about what happened to that computer:

The desktop is a Gateway GT5676 that is about 8 years old. A couple of weeks ago I installed AVG free antivirus (whatever I had before had run out or was not working, I don't remember) and slowly my computer was becoming more sluggish, I assumed due to the constant popups encouraging me to upgrade (I'm not completely sure this is the culprit, but it's the first thing I thought of as things were slowing down over the last few days and becoming slower). The day before failure it st... Read more

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I can no longer access my external hard drive after my laptop had gotten infected with the NTOSKRNL-HOOK trojan, but cannot tell if my external hard drive isn't working due to virus-, hardware- or software-related issues. It is important that I recover my research data from either my external hard drive or from my laptop's old hard drive that was damaged from the infection.

Dell's regular support line and their fee-based virus support group weren't able to distinguish whether my external hard drive had gotten infected during my laptop's infection or whether my external hard drive had some kind of mechanical or software error, and I was referred here by a technician from TechSupportForum's virus area.

Can someone tell me in which area of TechSupportForum I should post a more detailed question, or should I take my external hard drive to a local repair shop to recover my data?

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I need to pull out some files from my old pc's hard drive. I put it in my USB drive, and tried to transfer some files to my laptop, only to realize that I have put a password to my account/folder before. I have no monitor with my old pc anymore. so it'd be a hassle trying to get it the other way.
I know the password, of course, I wonder if there is anyway to gain access to my folder?
P.S: When I click on the properties of the file, it shows okb, I guess that is normal with passwd protected folders?

A:Urgent: How to access password protected folder from external hard drive?

Exactly how did you password protect the folder? If you're talking about EFS encryption, I suggest you put the monitor back on and get it that way, because you probably didn't build the recovery disk. If you used some other password scheme, what did you use?

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My PC has went belly up and I've managed to salvage the hard drive from it and put it in a caddy and the files are all there and look accessible however I cannot get into the My Documents folder because it's password protected. How do I get round that and rescue the data that is in there?

A:Solved: Rescue data from a hard drive but My Docs is password protected

If you're an administrator, I believe you can take ownership of the files. Not totally sure though. Simply having the same username as the user who created them is not sufficient because the SIDs will not match and you won't have access. If you right click on the folder and select properties, you should be able to take ownership.

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Spent $$ buying USB connected case to get access to files on old internal hard drive from failed PC. Can see directories/folders using my system running XP Professional but they are password protected, cannot access. What can I do? Saw old question from 2006 but no answers - thread had expired.

A:Urgent: How to access password protected folder from external hard drive?

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I have 2 disk partions on my computer my c: has around 10 gb and my d has the rest of my memory.

I was has installed vista and my computers could handle it but I didn't install sp1 and it crashed.

I had xp on the other partion.

So i booted from the xp disk now i want to delete everything on the d: Drive but it has vista files which are protected.

Is there any way i can clear it?

Or a batch file id?

Please reply!

A:Delete a Hard drive with protected files?

You could try Boot off the XP disk and follow the setup to the point where it asks you what HDD you want to install it onto as it gives you the option to format the HDD and/or partitions prior to the install. Then select the partiton you want to delete and format it, You can recreat the partiotion here as well, or you can do it in Windows Management -> Disk Management Which can be accessed by booting into windows and right clicking on my computer and selecting manage from the drop down box.
=) Hope this helps.

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I have an eMachine T3092 computer to which I added a Maxtor One Touch 160 gig drive, everything is out of warranty. OS = Win XP Pro w/ sp2.

Outline of problem: On 7/21 I left home with the computer and nanny cam on. Returned 2 hours later & found the following message on screen:

Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all of the data for the file
J: \SMft. (J drive = Maxtor) The data has been lost. The error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

I could not get access to this file to save it elsewhere. I could not get the Add/Remove Software list to populate. I couldn't do a system restore. I couldn't save anything to the J drive and the computer has been more than a little finicky ever since - very slow to open any/everything, insist I allow popups to open links on the web, or throws me off the internet - things like this. Anyway, tried everything I could think of to fix it, tried the things RoadRunner and eMachine suggested. Called Microsoft & pd them $59.00 to fix it and spent the entire week morning to night on the phone with them till they escalated the problem to the research team who told me that the problem is likely due to a surge, that 515K of data on the Maxtor is available to me, and that approx. 57 gigs of data is on the drive. They said I should take the drive to a local tech to have them use recovery tools to remove the data from the drive th... Read more

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So I am hoping there is a simple solution to this and that I am just overlooking or forgetting something.

I have an old PC that the Mobo died, I do not wish to get it functional again, just retrieve the data off the hard drive. I have a IDE to USB adapter and have hooked up the drive to another machine I have to copy the data. But the users on this drive, made there personal folders within windows private, C:Documents and Settings/(Username), and they show up as 0kb and when I try to access them it says I do not have the permission to access this file. How can I get around that? I have tried to boot from that drive but because the chipset is different, on my machine, windows will not boot. I have the usernames and passwords for the accounts that have the private folders but there doesn't seem to be a way to try and log in with that information.
Any help and ideas, would be greatly appreciated!

A:Recovering protected files from an external drive

You must insure that your personal account is set as being an Administrator. Check the properties for your account. Then access the old hard drive and see if anything is in the source folders.

If you are an Administrator on the new system, and the Profile Folders on the old hard drive are still shown as empty, this means you were not Administrator on the old system and you cannot access other Profiles.

After you ensure you are an Administrator on your new system, try change the Security Properties for the entire old HD (you right-click the root folder on the old HD) and Add your new system User to that drive as an Administrator. Reboot and try to access the old HD again and check the Profiles.

The bottom line, you must be an Administrator on your old HD to access Profiles belonging to others.

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A:Unbootable Hard Drive

What error are you getting on boot?

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A virus got hold of my hardrive and rendered the thing unreadable. The computer states that the drive is empty and does not even have a file system onboard. I am guessing the MBR is damaged. I ran the shareware version of Active Partition Recovery and it found the names of the files I so desperately need.
I plan to try Testdisk to repair the partitions and restore the MBR. Here is my problem:
The computer is an older Dell. With the hard drive installed in the original computer it was formatted on, I cannot boot from the floppy drive. If I pull out the hard drive and put it in a similar Dell, it still won't boot from the floppy drive. All I get on both computers is "Press F1 to reboot, Press F2 to Setup". If I try to run Active Partition Recovery on either machine's floppy drive, it says, "Error loading Free Dos Kernel." I would assume it is a faulty floppy diskette,
But... If I put the hard drive in a completely different computer with a different floppy drive and the same Active Partition Recovery diskette, I can load Active Partition Recovery. Any ideas? Do you think the diskette is still the problem? What could possibly be keeping both Dells from loading the program when the third machine had no problem?
I could try running Testdisk with the damaged hard drive installed in the third computer, but I am afraid to rewrite or restore the MBR on the drive using a computer that is different from the one which the drive came from. I have... Read more

A:unbootable hard drive

Have you tried putting the floppy drive you know that works with Active Partition Recovery in the Dell?

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I have a hard drive that won't boot and was thinking of restarting from scratch. Is there somewhere I can go to download the files required to create a bootable CD? Or would I need to purchase Windows? I have already backed up the files I need from the hard drive by plugging it into a hard drive reader. 

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this might seem like a stupid question, but just making sure!
i have an old hard drive that isn't bootable anymore, (it was on windows xp) i was just wondering if i bought an external hard drive enclosoure, would it work with the windows vista, or work at all?

i am trying to recover about 10,000 songs that was on the old hard drive.

A:old unbootable hard drive compatible with vista?

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My brother bought a tower a few years ago from a small computer shop in the area. The shop is no longer in business. My niece has been using the computer without problem since they first set it up for her.

Now the computer won't boot, giving a 'bad hard drive, replace immediately' type of message. They are all pretty sure that it's a Windows 7 PC, but nobody will swear to it. I can find noting on the outside (or inside) of the case to indicate the operating system or manufacturer. There is no 25 character Windows key sticker to be found.

I have removed the drive, slaved it to a Windows 7 tower and copied all her music, pictures and favorites to an external drive, but what's next? I have another 500GB SATA drive that I can put in the tower, but to what end? Is there some method to determine the OS and product key from the slaved hard drive? With that information I should be able to install Windows on the new hard drive although, without the manufacturer I'd be in the dark about where to find the necessary drivers.

A:Determine Product Key From Unbootable Hard Drive

Their should be a sticker on the computer with the COA key and which Microsoft operating system is installed.

This should help. From Microsoft.

COA and Hologram

More pictures.


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For a while now my computer has spontaneously crashed every couple of days and would make long beeps and not run again until I had turned it of with the switch rather than the usual reset button. So just recently it happened again and like always I attempted to restart the computer. except this time it does not work.

I can hear the disc drive attempt to start but it justs whirs then stops and tries again and its status light blinks. Now whenever I turn my computer on I get the message

esk Drive failed to Boot: Please insert ?Atapi? Disc

So how can I fix this, the slave disc drive is fine, and I was wondering if there was a way to install windows without wiping the data on the desk or if I should go out and get another disc and try that.
I have a Soyo Dragon Kt-600 Motherboard, Run Windows Xp: Home Edition, and they hard drive in question is almost 6 years old

A:Recovering from a Unbootable Drive

If your hard drive is that old you should think about getting a new one anyway with a bit more storage

If you have a boot disk put that in the drive and it should start


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I keep a lot of confidential information on both my C: and an external hard drive. Is there a way for me to password protect the folders and files on these drives?

A:Password protecting files on C: or External Hard drive

This thread may offer some advice/help? - Is it possible to password protect folders?


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Dear All-

My wife's Fujitsu laptop (Vista Home Premium 32 bit) decided to fry its MB after less than two years. Since it will be more to repair the board than to replace the laptop, we've decided she will get a new one. But, with mainboard crashes, they rarely give you a heads up and when it crashed we didn't have a current back up. So, I took the 2.5" Hitachi hard drive out of the laptop and put it into an SATA enclosure and connected it to MY Fujitsu laptop (Vista Basic). The enclosure lights (powered thru USB) and the drive spins (can feel it and hear it). These are encouraging. However, I cannot get the drive to appear anywhere. Not in My Computer. Not in Device Manager. Not in Admin Tools/Disk Mgmt. Not in BIOS.

The enclosure came with a driver disk but the only install on the little disk was for Win98. I have connected outboard hard drives to this computer in the past with no issue. Anyone have any clues/ideas about ANYTHING I can do to get this drive recognized so I can recover all the data on it?

Thanks in advance!

A:Recovering Hard Drive/2nd SATA drive

Okay, well, the counter-intuitive took hold of me and I fixed my own problem. I simply unplugged and plugged this drive -hot- several times and after one of the replugs Vista finally installed the device drivers and the drive showed up. Whew!

Thanks to everyone for their help

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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I just got a new comp and want to move my Galaxies and Godfather game files from one drive to the other.

I am wondering if anyone knows how get this to work, or, get it so i can run the program from a different drive than my primary drive.


A:Moving game files hard drive to hard drive

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

A:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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Hello, I have a Dell Latitude CPx 500Megahertz pc. I got it second hand and it has worked fine but recently the hard drive locked up and requires a password. I am trying to bypass the password and boot it back up. I do not have any internal floppy or cd rom drives, only a PCMAI card. I am currently running XP Pro on my system. If any one can help either with the password or to jump the motherboard and show me how to do so with a diagram of any sort. I would appreciate it. Thank you

A:Hard Drive locked, need hard drive password

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Hey guys, I haven't been here in a while because all things considered it's been smooth sailing on the computer for the last few years. Here is today's problem though. My girlfriend's laptop got hit by lightning a few months ago so we just got her a new one but all of her pictures are on the old hard drive. I bought an external case for the hard drive and it in fact works fine. My problem is how do I get her stuff off of the hard drive? She had a password protected account which I can get the password if I need but her account is hidden with it plugged in as a slave drive on my laptop. The hard drive is running XP and my laptop is running Vista if that's of any use.

A:Recovering From A Hard Drive

Alright, nevermind guys. I figured it out. I had to go in and change the permissions which was expected but it still wouldn't give me access to the files. So I went in to the Vista backup tool and backed up the photos only and had them placed on my hard drive. After I unzipped them all everything was good.

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Hello, The problem is that i want to recover all my files (Well not all) as Documents and Settings, i used GetdataBack for NTFS, it helped a little but "Documents and Settings are red (Empty). Is there a powerfull program that recovers almost everything (For Free, For Pay.) It's really urgent.
Thank you.

A:Hard Drive Recovering

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Yesterday when i woke up i had a BSOD out of nowhere and my computer would boot up so i tried booting into a linux livecd to see if i could see any of my files and i could at the time but i couldnt copy them, now i think everything is much worse, i managed to get the drive into a computer with XP but now i cannot see any of my files all i see is:

My Dell Recovery Partition
and "Local Disk" which shows up as no space or anything its empty with no avaible space:

Please is there anything i can do to try and get some of my old files back? If i could just even get a couple its all i need. I will buy any app i need if i can help any amount of money, desperate.

A:Help recovering hard drive

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I formatted my computer but forgot to make a backup of one folder.
I know the folders name and what was in.
I also know you can get software to recover this, but i have no idea what
Any ideas guys?

A:Recovering Hard Drive

Actually, if you've formatted and installed Windows again, the prospects are pretty dim.

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I have got problems with a sata Hard Drive. The system will boot to it but when I try to access any of the folders on it the system just shuts down and reboots.

I put an pata drive on the system, the computer works fine with that but when I try to access the sata drive through the pata drive I get an error message saying the folder is not accessible, access is denied.

All of my documents such as photos, spreadsheets and music are on this sata drive. Does anybody know of a good recovery program (at reasonable cost) that will recover all my info and maybe return the drive to its original state without to much trouble?

A:Recovering Hard Drive

If access is the problem, you need to take ownership of the files.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

Or use these:

"Take Ownership" Context Menu
"Take Control"

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My ps3 recently wasn't able to boot and I tried everything to get it running again but was unsuccessful. so I had to restore the ps3 back to factory condition now it's working fine. I wasn't able to back up any saved game progress on any of the games before I did this though and would like it back if that is possible. now I know that when you delete something the residue of the program is still there until overwritten. So I took the hard drive out of the ps3 and plugged it into my computer and ran avg rescue cd since it has a data recovery tool on it and other similar tools. one is called photorec and the other is testdisk. My only problem is I don't know how to use these programs to recover the data. I realize that it is likely that I won't be able to recover it but I want to try since I haven't written anything to the hard drive since I restored it. If there are other better tools for the job I will try anything at this point. I also think there may be a problem with the hard disk. Thank you for any help anyone can provide.

A:Need help recovering data from ps3 hard drive.

TestDisk tutorial here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

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