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Recovering old Docs on previous OS install

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Puer Aeternus

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Hi,
On an older drive I have some remnants of an old win xp install. What i want to do is get into my old documents folder and recover anything that was not backed up but when I click it I get "d: documents and settings/user is not accessible access denied".
Is there a way around this?

Its super frustrating!!!!

Much Thanks
 

moz_21

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Hi,
On an older drive I have some remnants of an old win xp install. What i want to do is get into my old documents folder and recover anything that was not backed up but when I click it I get "d: documents and settings/user is not accessible access denied".
Is there a way around this?

Its super frustrating!!!!

Much Thanks

I think it revolves around changing the folder's ownership and permissions.
 

neonblingbling

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Aug 8, 2004
You can boot an Ubuntu-Linux CD in a "live session" and collect up files from the hdd and copy them to a pendrive.

I will put in a recommendation for Puppy Linux. It's a small download (<100 MB) and was simple enough for me to figure out (I use Windows all the time).
 

vgta88

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i've done both suggestions and they work. take ownership of the files in your xp box. linux ignores the file permissions.
 
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Puer Aeternus

Puer Aeternus

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ugg....linux, i'd rather wrestle a Llama naked. Is there a file recovery program that will allow me to access my documents. I know Linux is easy for some of you guys but it seems daunting because of the learning curve.
 

moz_21

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ugg....linux, i'd rather wrestle a Llama naked. Is there a file recovery program that will allow me to access my documents. I know Linux is easy for some of you guys but it seems daunting because of the learning curve.

We already told you how to do it within a new Windows install...
 

moz_21

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Wow...rude! Thats a prime example of why I hardly come here anymore...too many snotty replies to sincere questions. Someone already kindly explained how to do it w/ a link to an article that is very helpful. If I knew how to do it then i would not be asking. Rude!

Sorry, I just replied in a hurry, didn't refresh the page and see the other replies, I didn't mean for it to come off rude.