how to recover My Documents?

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Recently had my old HP laptop die a spectaclar death, lots of popping and
screeching noises, now its AFU, Lights blinking erratically when plugged in,
and a popping sound from near where the power cable is plugged in.  Parting
it out, Ordered my replacment... But can't figure out how to recover the "My
Documents" data onto my desktpo for temp storage until I can copy it into
the new laptop.  I have removed the drive from the desktop, thrown it into
my external USB enclosure with the appropriate adapter (if you have a
laptop... KEEP one of those adapters around!).  I have been able to recover
all needed data and files except whats in the "My Documents" Folder.
Clicking on that folder in Explorer or My Computer results in an Access
Denied message.  I am assuming this is because that folder is locked, and
the appropriate user must be logged in.  Is there a way I can "Unlock" this
folder so i can recover its data?  Other suggestions??

Re: how to recover My Documents?

Courtesy of Rick Rogers  in the microsoft.public... groups..

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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Re: how to recover My Documents?

You could try logging in under safe mode as the system administrator
and then trying to pull the files, if you don't want to convert or
whatever the guy above me said...

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