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Windows 7: Access User Data From Vista HD Connected to Win7 Laptop

01 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Access User Data From Vista HD Connected to Win7 Laptop

Hello. I'm feeling pretty stupid right now that I just cannot figure this out. I registered here and am posting this thread in the hopes that someone here has ideas.

My friend's Fijitsu laptop (running Windows Vista) has become inoperable. It will not boot up anymore. I believe that it is a hardware problem. Because the hard drive appears to be fully functional. I bought a connector kit to connect her hard drive directly to my Windows 7 laptop. I took her hard drive out of her computer (Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB), connected it to the connector kit, plugged it into the USB port on my Windows 7 laptop, and booted up my Windows 7 machine.

Something very, very strange is happening. Upon plugging in the USB cable, 3 hard drives show up:

H: WinRE (appears to contain some sort of Windows recovery files)
I: System (appears to contain her actual Windows installation)
J: DATA (Not sure what this is. It has the following folders: $RECYCLE.BIN, 998d2faef96f937b8eee, System Volume Information)

I'm guessing that the drive was partitioned into 3 drives on her laptop. So that's not throwing me so much. What is throwing me is that when I go to the I: drive, I am seeing weird things.

I'm sure this is her drive information. Because when I click on the folder called "MANUAL" and then open a file in that folder called warranty.pdf, I get a Fujitsu laptop user warranty. But when I go to other locations (like Users), I see only:

All Users (with a lock icon)
Default User (with a lock icon)

There are no user folders. My friend told me that she and her husband both had IDs on this laptop and I should be seeing folders with their names. But there are none. I was thinking that this is due to a permissions problem. But I've searched many forums and have been unable to find an answer as to how to see these folders (if they are there).

I have done the following things:

1) Taken ownership of all 3 drives (H, I and J) and checked the checkbox to apply to all subfolders and files in the process.
2) Show hidden files, folders and drives is checked.
3) Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) is unchecked

Another strange thing... when I go to the I: drive. In many cases, I am seeing the files and folders of my own C: drive. It's hard for me to believe that the files on my C: drive were somehow copied to the I: drive. So I'm guessing that this is some sort of problem where Windows is displaying the contents of C: (because C: is my system drive) instead of the contents of I: (which is the system drive of my friend's laptop). I've noticed that many shortcuts in the I: drive point to the C: drive. But as I said above, if I open the warranty.pdf file from the I:\MANUAL folder, I see a Fijitsu document. But if I go into the I:\Users\All Users\Documents folder, I'm seeing documents that are from my C: drive.

I'm really at a loss to understand this. I hope that someone out there has an idea of how I can read the raw contents of this drive. Thank you


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