Then all you need to do is TAKE OWNERSHIP. You didn't tell what OS you are using so correct this search on how to do this.
Pick from https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=windows+xp+take+ownership
I'm making a external hard drive from an old laptop hard drive. Have it all set up thanks to the How to video. My problem is, i can't get access to my old files or folders. This hard drive came from a computer that had a password on it. Which is a old laptop that doesn't work anymore. How can I get access to the old files on the that hard drive