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Password Removal

by jeza63 / March 26, 2006 6:21 AM PST

My shared laptop comptuter (Dell) recently experienced a hard drive failure (will not boot up) though I can still read the files using my USB-IDE adapter. The problem is, however, I am unable to read the files under 'My Docuements' as they were password protected. Now I still have the password and I wonder if it's possible to retrieve these files using the adapter? Each time I go to access my folder, it says 'Access Denied'.
System Windows XP Pro
Dell Inspiron 6000
Hard drive WD600 (WD Scorpio)

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The 2 solutions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2006 6:29 AM PST
In reply to: Password Removal

1. Type XP TAKE OWNERSHIP in and ... take ownership.

2. If you had the misfortune and used XP Pro's EFS feature then recovery will cost a few hundred dollars. has the only solution I know of.

For item 2, there's a lesson there about XP Pro EFS use.


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Problem Solved
by jeza63 / March 26, 2006 4:28 PM PST
In reply to: The 2 solutions.

Took ownership and it worked like a charm. Thank you so much!

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I'm so happy....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2006 9:15 PM PST
In reply to: Problem Solved

That this was not another EFS episode.

Cheers, and best of continued good luck,


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