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How do you access your user profile files....

by seoulsux / February 26, 2007 10:00 PM PST

How do you access your user profile files when you have the HD connected to a laptop via usb hard drive enclosure?

My Desktop died and I've been using my laptop. I have some programs I want to transfer to my laptop, but those programs were kept in my own user profile setting on my desktop. I tried going to my folder(seoulsux) in documents and settings, but I keep getting an access denied msg. I know that my profile was password proctected, so I'm guessing that's why.

I want to know is there a way that I can access that profile, maybe being able to boot from the HD instead of the laptop? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2007 10:15 PM PST

Try those words on

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Thank you very very much
by seoulsux / February 26, 2007 10:56 PM PST

After what seems like years i've finally got those programs I wanted transferred, (some of them are outdated now). Thanks a lot R.Proffitt, dunno what an idiot like me would do :). BTW I read some of those links you gave me about the transfering one HD into another comp. I have a question tho, if I wanted to put in a blank HD and install XP on it, change the boot options to boot from CD, but nothing happens, what does that mean? All I get is a press F1 to enter setup F2 to resume. I pressed F2 after changing it to boot from CD, but only get a blinking underscore. I'm pretty sure that XP can be installed on the comp, (it was running 98 before my first XP was installed on it) Any ideas? Thanks

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Tell a tiny bit more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2007 10:59 PM PST

Not all machines can boot from CD or those that did have aged and need a new CDROM or something else. I can't tell where the issue is from what you've told so far. Another trick I use is to duplicate the XP CD and use the fresh copy.

But then again I have little to work with.


PS. If I helped, you're welcome.

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Lil bit more
by seoulsux / February 27, 2007 1:49 AM PST
In reply to: Tell a tiny bit more.

The comp is a HP Pavilion 542X and came preloaded with XP Home Edition (which I don't have any more) I tried to boot it from the cd but nothing happened, so then I tried adding another one of my HD's via usb, and boot from that. That started to boot but got an error msg when windows started. It's the blue screen with error that I normally see when I have an error with one of my disks, but this one went so fast I couldn't see what the error was. I tried starting in all the safe modes, normal mode, and last known config, it just gets to the windows screen then flashes the error really quickly, then restarts. Then I tried putting in the HD I wanted to install XP on inside the Hard drive enclosure, popped in the XP CD. This time it let me install XP to a partition, after it copied all the files, it said windows will restart to continue the installation, then restarted. But the installation never continued. I kept getting a boot from CD msg. If I didn't click it, it would just stay there doing nothing, and I'd have to restart the comp by pressing the power button. If I choose to boot from CD, it shows that XP is already installed on a partition. If I press F3 to quit installation but it says windows XP is not installed. I think a few times it got to the point where it loaded everything, then said loading windows, then I get this error msg saying if I made any hardware/software changes, and it tells me to run CHKDSK /F with this error:

0X0000007B (0XF99A3640,0XC0000034,0X00000000,0X0000000), then I have to power off the comp. I put the HD back into the comp and tried booting from that, only the same blinking underscore.

I'm not understanding why it reads the HD in the setup, but won't let me install XP with the HD inside. I also don't see why I can't boot from a removable device or why it keeps restarting when the windows logo pops up.

I thought that If I could get it to boot from the removable device, I could then pop in the XP installation CD, and install it onto the HD, but alas, I can't even get to that point Sad

Hope you can help

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Dead end. Windows on USB.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 1:52 AM PST
In reply to: Lil bit more

Sorry but Windows doesn't do that as supplied.

I'd try the old copy the XP CD trick then swap in a new CDROM drive. The stop code can be entered at to see how most deal with this.


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CD trick
by seoulsux / February 27, 2007 2:17 AM PST

I'll try the CD trick. I'm guessing you think it's a problem with the CD and not the comp itself. I'm looking at the stop errors, and i'm guessing it has something to do with a hardware change? There's so many things it could be that i'm not sure which one is right, or some I have no idea what they're talking about 0_o. I'll also try removing the hard drive out of the HP and putting it in the enclosure and running a Disk check on it, hopefully that fixes the error. I'll let you know how it goes Wink

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Given you have ONE CD...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 2:19 AM PST
In reply to: CD trick

It can remove that as one source of error. Then again as drives age they fail to boot.


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I don't think its the drive
by seoulsux / February 27, 2007 2:52 AM PST

The comp has a CD and DVD drive and neither of them run the boot cd with the HD inside. I very rarely ever used those drives, so I think they're fine. I've installed XP on much older computer running windows 98, so i'm not getting why i'm having a problem with installing it on my HP that came with XP. It seems kinda backwards

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Don't corner yourself.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 2:56 AM PST

I've seen machines that won't boot from either drive. I guess I'm writing from the perspective of a service shop where people bring me the worst of the lot but don't limit yourself with assumptions.

Also, check those BIOS boot options over and over and over.


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by seoulsux / February 27, 2007 3:02 AM PST
In reply to: Don't corner yourself.

After i've done the scandisk,I'll see if I can get it to boot from my notebook. By the way in the BIOS settings, changing the date and time really doesn't do anything does it? And what settings would you suggest I take a look at?

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Be careful about date and time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: okay

XP and Vista has some oddities about activation and checking in if the dates are too far out. But so far I don't see that issue here.

If I recall this discussion we have a blown OS that we need to reinstall but can't due to a nonbooting CD.


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got it to work
by seoulsux / February 27, 2007 7:50 AM PST

I got it to work bob. After doing the diskcheck on my laptop and connecting the HD back in only to have it not work in the HP, I decided to do what you say and use check the drives. I changed the DVD drive to master, put in the installation CD and voila, it installed XP problem free. The CD drive works fine, but like you said it doesn't boot as a master drive. I don't understand why, but I'm glad you mentioned that. Many many thanks, you've helped me with not one, but two, month old problems I had Happy

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There's a lesson here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 7:56 AM PST

I don't know where but somewhere. Yes, it can be confusing at times but the bottomline is you took input from others, mashed it up and got results.

I think some service counter is missing you.


PS. Thank you for the report back.

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How do I access your my profile files
by victorias958 / April 7, 2007 10:28 PM PDT

Hi Seoulsux. I'm having the same problem. Motherboard died. Running xp pro. I have connected the HD to my new computer (also xp pro) through usb but am unable to access protected files. Have searched the net for an answer. Can you help? Please.

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