deleting admin password from corrupt drive

By bigbrat41
Aug 17, 2004
  1. Hello. This is my first post and I am in great need of help.
    I have 2 hdd 1 primary and 1 slave. The slave has MS XP but is corrupt. This drive also has files I desparately want to recover. I was able to recover all files in shared documents and unprotected files but I cannot access the files in my personal account which is password protected. All ( and various ) attempts to fix the OS have failed.
    Is there any hope?
    Thank you.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    You can take ownership of these files as follows:
    Boot XP into Safe Mode (Press F8 a few times when starting up) as an administrator. Now use Explorer to go to the folders etc. on your old-drives, right-click them, select Properties, click the Security tab and click OK if a security message pops up. Click Advanced, then Owner tab. In the Name list select your (administrator's) name. Mark the Replace Owner on subcontainers and objects check box. Click OK, Yes and OK.

    For taking ownership of files, rightclick them, Security tab, Advanced, Owner tab. In Name list select Administrator or Admin-group and click OK. Click Add and in the "Enter the object...list" type a user or group account or Administrator. Click OK. In the group or user name list, click the account you want (e.g. Administrator), then tick the check boxes for permissions, e.g. Full Control [Allow].
  3. bigbrat41

    bigbrat41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    I'm sorry that I haven't thanked you sooner but i work 12 hr days and the rest of my time seems to go to my 16 yr old son and football ( and the dad-blasted computer). Your solution worked and i'm now trying to get the files burned so that the corrupt drive can be reformatted.
    Thanks again.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    or if you can, just copy them over to the primary/other hard drive on your computer instead of burning ;)
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Glad to have been of service.
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