Old hard Drive in new computer

By Premier140 ยท 7 replies
Jan 15, 2006
  1. I Just put together a new computer and i decided to take my old hard drive out of the Compaq and put it in to this new custom one just to hold mp3s and stuff. The problem is that the old HD was the master for that computer and now is the slave for the new one. I had a password to get onto that computer so now when i try to access that account on the old harddrive on my new computer it says accesss denied. Anyone know how i can access it? i want to get all my old pictures and stuff off that disk and put it onto my new one and then format the drive. HOW DO I GET INTO THAT HARD DRIVE. anyone can help? thanks
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    is it encrypted through the OS
    or are you referring to the admin password to enter OS
    if encrypted W$K an XP you will need to boot back to this drive as the system drive
    if it's just the main user admin password
    right click on the drive and reset ownership
    under the security tab
    do search on how and who should be added and removed
  3. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    The problem is the Compaq HDD.Older Compaq compenents were only desinged to work in Compaq PC's.back in 2000 I had a Compaq and the motherboard died so I replaced it with a biostar only to find out that non of the compaq components would work with a 3rd party board and I enede up replaceing the entire computer rather than deal with compaq.
  4. Premier140

    Premier140 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey thanks for the help. That was not the solution to it but it actually allowed me to get to the complete solution. Thank you very much for leading the way. Just in case anyone else is ends up suffering from this heres the steps i found to solve this problem it worked 100% correct.

    Thanks again SAMSTONED!!
    When you try to open a folder in Microsoft Windows XP, you may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you cannot open:
    Folder is not accessible. Access is denied.
    This issue may occur if the folder that you cannot open was created on an NTFS file system volume by using a previous installation of Windows, and then installing Windows XP. This issue may occur although you enter the correct user name and password. This issue occurs because the security ID for the user has changed. Although you use the same user name and password, your security ID no longer matches the security ID of the owner of the folder that you cannot open.

    For example, although you use the same user name and password, you may no longer have permission to open the folder after you complete the following steps: 1. Before you install Windows XP Professional, you change the actual location, or target location, of the My Documents folder to another volume.
    2. You format the primary partition.
    3. You install Windows XP Professional.

    To resolve this issue, you must turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder: 1. Turn off Simple File Sharing: a. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    b. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
    c. Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK.

    2. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    3. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message, if one appears.
    4. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    5. In the Name list, click your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group.

    If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
    6. Click OK.

    You may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of:
    You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
    7. Click Yes.
    8. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents
  5. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    just put the drive back into your old computer, boot up and remove the password protection
  6. mollyserrai

    mollyserrai TS Rookie

    I'm having the same problem, and I've seen the same solution you've listed below, however I cannot find the option to use the simple sharing method in the advanced settings as the directions state. Could it be because of Service pack 2?

    And I can't simply go into my hard drive and remove the passwords though because the old hard drive's version of windows is not working, due to dll files not working.

    Anyone know how to fix this or do I just give up on the whole trying to retrieve my files? heh

  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    Kingcody that may work it may not
    most times if the drive was not written to it will work
    if you are referring to password encrypted files.
    in this case it was a matter of taking ownership of the drive
    simple file sharing is set as default in xp home this cannot be changed???and most times referrs to networking
    for xp pro two places ,sharing and security tabs
    make sure you have the drive set to share with all users in securitys tab advanced follow paths to take ownership.
    you may need to force a admin share on drive if it will not take ownership
  8. mollyserrai

    mollyserrai TS Rookie

    Just thought I'd update and say I did manage to get my files. I had to start in safe mode to be able to log in as 'Administrator', which let me into the security options talked about on the microsoft solution. :)
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