Here's the link how to take ownership.
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.