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Can't find my saved documents on hard drive.

by armormastergunner / September 28, 2007 12:04 PM PDT

Sorry if this is old hat for the experts, but here is my dilemma. I have a Gateway 7400 series computer that needs a new motherboard installed. I pulled the old hard drive out so I can maintain some control on the documents/family pictures, etc. I bought an external hard drive enclosure and installed the SATA hard drive into it. My other computer recognizes the hard drive, and I can find everything but my personal documents. I have everyone elses, including the guests, wife, etc. I was an administrator on the other computer, does this impact whether I can see these or not? The properties of the hard drive show the over 4 gig of doc's, but I can't find them in the documents folder. What am I missing? Thanks for the help!!!

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Try this
by satishkhode / September 28, 2007 12:57 PM PDT

Open the "explorer" click on the Tool icon and select Folder Option, uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" and check the "Show hidden files and folders".

After done.

Go to your external hard drive and browse it via explorer, find the Folder named "Documents and settings" and find what you want.


That's all

The above solution not works on Vista.

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It's more than just that...
by John.Wilkinson / September 28, 2007 1:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Try this

The My Documents folder is protected as a private folder, so in order to access the documents without booting into your account you must take ownership of the folder and all of its contents. Once that's done you will be able to view the contents and have full control over them.

Hope this helps,
John

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access the documents without booting into your account
by satishkhode / September 28, 2007 1:39 PM PDT

Yes, your information is certainly correct. But I suppose this is not quite a way apply to armormastergunner's problem.

I'm a Chinese and my English is not very good, far as I understand, armormastergunner already move out the system drive from Gateway 7400 and connect to other computer as an external drive. Therefore the computer will treates this external drive as a data drive, due to the "Documents and Settings" folder's attribut is "HIDDEN" , armormastergunner can not browse it in normal way.

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VISTA
by manoeuve / February 22, 2010 5:51 AM PST
In reply to: Try this

Hello,

Do you have any idea as to open my hard drive on Vista?

Thank you

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