My notebook HD started to freak out 2 months ago and decided to change it before it was too late. I backup up stuff from my usual Windows account (not the Administrator account) to an external drive, swapped the old drive for a new one and reinstalled everything. It is working just fine now.
I also put the old HD into an enclosure as it is still functional. My question is:
- I had some file in the Administrator account. When I connect the USB drive, those file are not visible. In fact, the whole Documents and Settings\Administrator folder structure is read protected (Access is denied). How can I access those files, other than putting that HD back into the notebook? Can I be prompted to enter an account/password to access the files? Can I take ownership of those files?
Nothing that critical there, just some old files I had before creating my usual Windows account, mostly in very old backups I could dig up, but just to be sure that I have all backups, I'd like to actually see what was there...