Unable to access files from 2nd hard drive

mamagistri Posts 2 Registration date Tuesday March 2, 2010 Status Member Last seen March 3, 2010 - Updated on Jan 31, 2019 at 03:33 PM
 SSd - Dec 28, 2018 at 06:50 PM

My friend’s computer only shows a blue screen with a "?" (question) mark when she boots it up. I took her hard drive (Western Digital SATA 250 g) out and installed it as a (slave) 2nd drive on my computer to see if I could get her photos and important docs.

I started my PC and then went into the BIOS. I can see both hard drives but when I start my pc, it only loads my Windows XP.

I then go into “My Computer” and I can see all the files on the 2nd drive but I am unable to access Windows from that hard drive. I can’t open the main file on the drive because it is password protected. I get the message “F:\Documents and Settings\MOM is not accessible. Access is denied”.

I tried to access the drive directly by making it the first drive at boot up but all I get is a blue screen (which is why I have her hard drive in the first place).

Does anyone know how I can get into that folder ‘MOM’?

I know what the password is but I don’t know how to get into it. All I want to do is get the pictures and important docs off it and then I am going to wipe it out and start over.

I did a virus scan and a malware check. It found over 70 viruses that have been removed/quarantined. Both hard drives (the 1st and 2nd) have Windows XP Pro.

Please let me know if you need further information or if I wasn’t clear on anything!

Thanks in advance!
System Configuration: Windows XP / Internet Explorer 8.0

4 replies

xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 at 03:37 PM

You can try this procedure!
  • In Explorer, right-click the drive in Question and select Properties
  • On the Security tab, click Advanced
  • On the Owner tab, select your account if it isn't already
  • Check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click OK twice (close all dialogs)

That sets you as the owner of every folder and file on the drive.
  • Now, in the Explorer, right-click the drive in Question and select Properties
  • On the Security tab add your account if it is not already there and set Full Access
  • Click Apply > Advanced > check Replace permission on all child objects with......
  • Click Apply

Hope, it works!
thank you so much. you solution helped me to resolve my issue.
You are F... life saver
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rebootus maximus
Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 PM
exxxxxactly what I needed
rebootus maximus
Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I should add though, some versions of windows require booting into Safe Mode first before the security tab is shown (press f8 while booting to see safe mode menu)
Matt the Pyr0
Feb 15, 2013 at 07:09 PM
thank you
Sudeku; the trick is to open the drive letter then navigate to the Documents and Settings folder of the user documents that need to be opened. There you will find the Security tab. The Advanced button will be at the bottom right. Once on that Owner tab, you will see the checkbox for "Replace owner on...". Enjoy your day!
mamagistri Posts 2 Registration date Tuesday March 2, 2010 Status Member Last seen March 3, 2010
Mar 3, 2010 at 06:39 AM
Never mind. I figured it out. I had to disable the simple file sharing in XP Pro. NOW I can change the security settings on the drive. Thank you sooooo much! You are awesome!
Can you explain little bit more on it, as I am also having the same problem, that I have not been able to access the files of second hard drive. It loads only data of primary harddrive only when I start the computer where as I can see my second hard drive in BIOS. And when I right click the drive, I could not find option for security level.
jipojilo Posts 1 Registration date Wednesday January 30, 2013 Status Member Last seen January 30, 2013
Jan 30, 2013 at 03:07 PM
xpcman.. it was a great help. thank you v much.