1. Type XP TAKE OWNERSHIP in google.com and ... take ownership.
2. If you had the misfortune and used XP Pro's EFS feature then recovery will cost a few hundred dollars. http://www.lostpassword.com has the only solution I know of.
For item 2, there's a lesson there about XP Pro EFS use.
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)