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DebbyO
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Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

I just bought new HP Pavillion a6547c desktop.  My old computer wouldn't power up.  Have hard drive in the HP tower.

Computer recognizes it - files are there -- but I can't access them. 

Have lowered security and tried to change ownership - - but get "unable to display current owner" of the old drive. 

I am the owner of the old drive.

Anyone know how to fix this??

 

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cnfrisch
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Re: Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

You should be able to change file permissions by right-clicking on the file, Properties > Security > Advanced and set yourself the owner of the file, then give yourself full control of the file.
Carey Frisch
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Tanton
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Re: Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

Hi DebbyO

 

Please download and install the patch from the following web link.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/downloads/TakeOwnership.zip

 

Please unzip the TakeOwnership.zip  file to the desktop and then double click on the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file to install it.  Then Navigate to the folder which you are trying to access, right click on the folder and click Take Ownership. 

 

Now try accessing the folder. You should be able to access the folder and view your files.

 

 

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DebbyO
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Re: Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

YES!!  I did use this Take Ownership patch and it worked like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Tanton
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Re: Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

I am glad it worked. Thank you for updating on the same.
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Tanton
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Re: Can't access data from old hard drive - old computer is dead

HP employee expressing his opinion.

 

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