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".
Go to your external hard drive and browse it via explorer, find the Folder named "Documents and settings" and find what you want.
The above solution not works on Vista.
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!!!