Can't access HD

About 18 months ago (I lost a year being in Iraq) my Windows XP ME Home OS crashed on my laptop. I got a new HD (since Sony has no recover program other than wiping the whole HD) reloaded the drivers and OS and then tried to access my old HD using a stand alone SATA portable HD case (Rocketfish). Problem: I can see the folders, and even access down a level but when I tried to open/copy/move a folder/file it locks up. I had tried copying through the cmd.exe interface and it can list the directories, but when you ask it to copy it states it can't find it. Does anyone know how I can get data off my old HD? Thanks in advance!

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Try this....

Have you tried another PC and check results? If you can, try Ubuntu live Linux version and see if you can copy that way or burn to disc.

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Tried another PC

I have tried another PC - but have not tried Ubuntu - I will try that next. Thanks-

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Did you take ownership?

Google XP TAKE OWNERSHIP if you forgot how.

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Can't even get that far

As soon as I click on something it just locks up - I have another HD from an old computer that I have to take ownership of - that's just no the case for this HD. I do think it may have something to do with the registry - the program from MS that addresses "file not found" registry errors cannot be selected for an external HD which this is - any suggestions? Thanks in advanced-

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Then lost and found is all I can offer.

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