take ownership of the file then give yourself Full Control of the folder.
If that does not work, then boot a Linux Live CD distro and find the root file system (C:). Everything becomes unlocked and you can get to the folder that was Access Denied. It works for me. then just transfer to the new HD.
hope this helps
I installed a new hard drive on my Compaq Pressario 6000. The XP system on the old drive was corrupted and could not be fixed. It had one account that was password protected and three that were not protected. Now I can access the files in the unprotected accounts, but not in the protected account. When I click on the folder, I get the error message "Access is Denied". It also claims that the folder is empty. How do I access the old files created in that account?