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Accessing a password protected hard drive

By AlbertLionheart ยท 7 replies
Jun 3, 2010
  1. I have a perfectly serviceable drive taken from a dead laptop and wish to recover images and files from it. It was protected by the O/S password and the contents of Documents and Settings are not available. I have the password but no opportunity to use it. I have tried booting another machine from the drive but being Vista it refuses, including safe mode.
    Anyone any ideas how I can get at the contents of this - any tools to download that will help perhaps?
    Any help much appreciated!
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    What caused the "dead laptop" to become dead?
    What is brand and model of the hard drive or of the dead laptop? and how do you know it is "perfectly serviceable?"
    Have you tried using an external enclosure and entering the password from there?
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    take it from me it is dead - will not boot even into the BIOS
    doesn't matter what sort of drive it is - I can access the files and folders when connected to another machine but cannot open the user files.
    If I try and open the user files I get 'access denied'
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Tried it with an external enclosure in a Linux live CD?

    Works wonders some times. ;) Been caught out in the past with my daughters laptop dying, worked for me. :D
  5. tuant

    tuant TS Booster Posts: 202

    Take ownership of the directory and give yourself full permission.
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    The taking ownership seems to have worked although I did have to get at the folder from the command prompt and copy the files to another folder on the system before I could get at them.
  7. jmjsquared

    jmjsquared TS Booster Posts: 145

  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    A really useful set of tools there - so much there I will need to spend a week finding out about them!
    many thanks!
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