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Windows 7: Getting files from password protected but corrupt XP drive

18 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Getting files from password protected but corrupt XP drive

I am using Windows 7 and am trying to get files from and XP drive that won't boot. I can see the folders and files but they are password protected. I keep getting popups that ask me to take control but it doesn't work. This is a home computer and I didn't create a password when I installed Win 7. Any help out there with this?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #2


I'm not sure why you can't gain permission to those folders if you're using an Admin account. A Win7 Admin account should open another partition's files after applying Admin permission the first time. Are you giving it enough time to process which can take several minutes to release the files by opening the Window?

Otherwise use a boot disk such as the Win7 installation media or System Repair Disk
to Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console which bypasses all permissions since the OS is inert.

Alternatives boot disks are Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free or a Linux boot disk like Peppermint3 - Create Live CD DVD USB To Use For Emergency Backup - Windows 7 Forums.

Once you have the files then post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can help you correctly remove the XP partition which likely holds the System Active flags meaning XP is booting the whole System. Tell us what you'd like to do with the space. If it's on the left then its best to move Win7 there to benefit from slightly faster speeds. We can show you how to easily do this with tools that work perfectly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

I'm a little ignorant about what you're telling me to do. I'm booted into Win 7, can see the corrupt drive and view all files and folders. All I'm hoping to do is get the files from drive E which is the corrupt XP drive to my Win 7 D drive.

Are you telling me to try to get into the corrupt XP drive using the Win 7 disc?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Jul 2015   #4


Yes, if you click the blue link it is an illustrated tutorial showing how to do it.

But first I asked if you had tried accessing the XP folders from Win7. When you attempt to open them from Win7 what type of password is blocking them? It couldn't be the XP password because the OS is not functioning. Normally all that is required from Win7 is to open them from an Admin-level account and wait patiently the first time while it applies permissions with a blue progress bar.

If there is some other type of password like 7Zip then it should be applied.

Let us know the exact error you're getting. If possible take a picture and attach it using the paper clip icon in reply box.

If you want to skip to the sure solution, then boot one of the disks suggested and browse to the files, copy them to a flash drive.

Also we need to see your Disk Mgmt. Win7 should not boot to D unless it was incorrectly installed from XP which locked out the letter C. Most users don't want an OS on another letter than C for various reasons, although you can leave it if you don't care.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

I tried booting from my CD to repair computer in both Windows 7 and the XP drive, both came up with an error that said the OS was not compatible for repair. Why it wouldn't work on Win 7 is beyond me since I just installed it a few days ago.

As far as trying to use permissions and sharing folders that doesn't work either. I've tried sharing with myself as administrator and moving files and folders to my boot drive and just get this.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #6


Where is the disk management screenshot I have now requested three times?

You should be able to access the system recovery options In either the installation DVD or repair disk. If not use the other alternatives which I also listed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

Sorry, here you go

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #8

Windows 7 64 bit

And when I booted from the Win 7 disc it said the system was incompatible with both the XP drive and the Win 7 drive
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2015   #9


Are you sure you're booting the disk? Make a System Repair disk from link I gave earlier.

Mark XP partition Inactive: Partition - Mark as Inactive

In EasyBCD delete the XP boot listing and then add it back. EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
Free version at bottom. Skip email.

After reboot if XP won't start consider a XP repair install. Repair Windows XP by Performing a Repair Install
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2015   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Follow Take Ownership Shortcut to add context menu entry.

Select the xp partition in Windows Explorer and right click, Take ownership.

If that doesn't work right click partition again - properties - security -add - write your account name - ok/enter, and click under allow "full control" for your account. Ok out. May take a while to change permissions. Then try again.
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