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Access denied to private folder

by hicksin2006 / August 22, 2006 1:30 AM PDT

My floppy drive and dvd-rom stopped working about a month ago. A few days ago, when I booted up my computer (with the old hard drive), it wouldn't load windows. Instead, I got a screen that gave me the option to enter safe mode or two other options. When I selected safe mode, however, it just scrolled a bunch of text (file names) on the screen.

With the new HD, my computer will boot up to windows just fine, but will do the same as above when I try to enter safe mode. I can access my old HD (it's the slave drive) and the files/folders in it just fine with the exception of the folder that was created by my Win XP log on name. I had made it private sometime before the crash and now can't access it. I have tried setting it as master and my new HD as the slave to see if that would work after all, but it didn't. I've also tried entering safe mode to take ownership of the folder, but as you see above, that doesn't work.

I've also tried signing on with the name "Administrator" (lowercase as well) (& I've tried Microsoft's TweakUI), but get a message that says I cannot do that due to an account restriction (my account is an administrator account). I'm sorry so long, but I'm at my wit's end. I really need those files. Incidentally, earlier in the day it had crashed I'd planned on backing them up, but didn't get around to it. Thanks so much for any advice and help you can provide.

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One last step. Hint: Take Ownership.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 1:36 AM PDT
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Can't enter safe mode
by hicksin2006 / August 22, 2006 1:46 AM PDT

Thank you, R. I gave that a try yesterday, but was not (and still am not) able to access safe mode. Whenever I try, the screen just scrolls with a bunch of file names. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Safe mode is not needed to take ownership.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 1:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't enter safe mode

Maybe I blew it but will reread your first post to see if this is a file access issue or a bum XP install.


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OK, safe mode doesn't work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 1:52 AM PDT

The account restriction is NORMAL for a normal boot in XP Home. No fix is required for that.

However the inability to boot safe mode points to possible OS damage or a bum XP install. Most often it's an incorrect install. But so little was shared that I'll just leave it at that.


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Thanks, should I try again?
by hicksin2006 / August 22, 2006 2:07 AM PDT

Thanks, Bob. You didn't blow anything. Happy You make a good point about the admin account. I wanted to illustrate that I'm not able to get into the admin account in order to change the security setting, but since I can't get into safe mode, of course I couldn't get into the admin. Thanks for pointing that out. Happy
I'm sorry if I didn't give enough info. I tried not to leave anything out that might be pertinent. I'm not sure if it helps any, but before I installed everything (from the system disks which included Win XP and all the programs as if it were a new machine) on the new HD, I disconnected the old HD just to be sure it wouldn't format that drive, too (I wasn't sure if it would, but didn't want to take any chances). Thanks!

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