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help with a password on external hdd

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by EvilGenius, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius

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    Hey guys (and girls)

    I've just taken my old hard drive and moved it to an external USB enclosure. The problem is, i can't get into my files because it is password protected.

    When it was the main hard drive, I had a password on the profile. Now, I can't get into the profile while its a secondary drive.

    It's a long story, but simply stick the hdd back in the computer and getting rid of the password is not an option. Is there any other way to get at my documents?

    Thanks

    EG
     
  2. prism

    prism more ammo

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    maybe try a linux boot cd (a live cd)

    see if it will let you see and copy your files.
     

  3. HVAC-TEK

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    You’re using a different account to access these files. Your drive is probably formatted as NTFS. NTFS looks for file access permissions as a security feature and it sees a different SID, (a unique acount serial number.) This causes it to deny you access.

    I typed a fix, then decided against it. Too easy to misunderstand/screw up.

    Shift the files to a FAT32 partition. This will clear any security settings.
    KIM
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

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    That would be worth a shot.

    Mepis or Knoppix live might do it...

    IGF