A google search for XP TAKE OWNERSHIP will immediately give the necessary instructions to solve the 'Access denied' error: take ownership of the files and folders on the old hard disk you want copy.
Note that on Windows XP Home you'll need to boot into Safe Mode. In XP Pro it's not necessary.
hi guys..i have 2 partitions in my old laptop. The main drive that contained the windows XP SP2 was corrupted. I tried reinstalling but there was a warning that the my documents will be erased. I installed on the other drive so i can still access the previous drive. but i cant access the files like the my documents and desktops where all my important files are. i know they are still there. but is there a way i can copy them at least or transfer to USB?