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Windows 7: Recovering personal data off an old windows7 HDD

02 Sep 2011   #1

windows 7 64 bit home premium
Recovering personal data off an old windows7 HDD

So my laptop's motherboard fried, and so I ended up creating a new desktop. I also got a usb enclosure for the old HDD, and managed to get most of the data off- with the exception of anything in my personal user folder- which includes documents, desktop files, and the download folder. Unfortunately, that is pretty much most of what I need/want. I have the old Username/password for my old windows account but I have no idea how to retrieve it, as it keeps denying me access. Any advice on how I should proceed?

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02 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)


You need to right click on the User/[user name] folder and select 'take ownership'. This should allow you access if you are logged on as an administrator.

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02 Sep 2011   #3
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello hanibal, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial linked below to see if it'll be a help to get the data out and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

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02 Sep 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Another approach is to put PuppyLinux on a CD, boot from the CD and use PuppyLinux to copy info over to a USB stick.

Many roads lead to Rome.
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02 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
You need to right click on the User/[user name] folder and select 'take ownership'. This should allow you access if you are logged on as an administrator.
I don't think "take ownership" from the right-click context menu is standard Win7.

However it IS a neat thing, it works, but it must be installed first. A tutorial exists on how to create it.

By taking ownership of the \Users folder on the old drive you will then have full read/write access to it as just like any other folder. Also works to "take ownership" of a complete drive, not just a folder.

See this tutorial, on how to add "take ownership" to the right-click menu.
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02 Sep 2011   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

To take ownernship does not change access rights.

However, as owner you can change access rights.

If you take ownership and the group to which your belong already has full control rights for the the object you are ok, otherwise, you must use the permissions tab to change permissions to full control which, as owner, you can do.
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