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My old pc's processor (Athlon 1600+), so I used that as a good excuse to
upgrade to an Athlon 64 3500.

I didn't put my old 80 gig harddrive in for fear of losing a lot of very
much needed files.  Some of which are located in a folder on the desktop,
the other located in various folders in My Documents.

In an attempt to recover those files, I put that drive in an external USB
harddrive case.  However, it won't let me access the My Documents folder or
the Desktop folder.

Any help would be great.  I can't afford to take it into a shop and have it
done professionally.  Cheers.

Re: Data Recovery

You need yo do as Rick Rogers explains:

Taking Ownership:

Sometimes, in order to get access to a folder, you need to "take ownership"
of it. To do this, you must be using an administrator account, or an account
that has either a higher level of privileges or privileges equal to the
account currently in control of the folder. First, you must be able to
access the security tab of the folder properties. For the security tab to
appear in a WindowsXP Pro system, you must disable simple file sharing in
the control panel/folder options/view tab, it's at the bottom of the
advanced settings. For a WindowsXP Home system, you must restart in safe
mode and logon as administrator.

Right-click the folder, select properties. Go to the security tab and click
advanced. You can take control of the folders on the owner tab by clicking
on your user account, then click apply/ok. Note also that these sorts of
permissions are only available when using the NTFS file system, they are not
supported in FAT or FAT32. More details here:

HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP [Q308421]

An additional note for WindowsXP Pro users: This procedure will not help you
recover data if the files are encrypted. All you will be able to do is
delete them. To recover encrypted files you will need the original
encryption certificate or a Recovery Agent from the installation under which
they were encrypted. Without one of these, the files are not recoverable.

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