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    I am trying to access data from a WD hard drive that came from a dead Vista machine.,
    The new machine runs Windows 7 64 home premium.
    I am using a Thermaltake BlackX to hook up thru USB port.
    I think my problem may be ownership/access related.
    I can see the drive as drive J: in My Computer, when i click it i see msxml4-KB27978-enu.log.
    Clicking this, i get access denied.

    Any ideas will be appreciated.

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    You can take ownership of the drive. See Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions for details.

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    Thanks, Joe

    I changed ownership and permission.
    I can only see 3 objects: Recycle bin, System Volume Information, and a folder which contains the aforementioned .log file.
    I have turned off hide system files and turned on show all extensions.
    Any suggestions to finding the data files?

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    Could it be that there is more than one partition on the WD drive you are trying to access? If not mistaken, you should "see" a Users folder on the partition where Windows was installed. Perhaps you are viewing a System partition. Also here is an easy way to take ownership:
    Click here

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    I know this computer had a partition to restore to original configuration.
    But i can only see these files/folders.

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    Could it have anything to do with the fact that windows Vista was installed on this hard drive?

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    That was not by chance a Vista premium machine and the drive was protected by bitlocker?

    I have used the method you describe to pull data from drives pulled from many versions of windows and have never had a drive that could not be read from one version to another as long as the file format was supported...

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    Using the Disk Management application, how many partitions are shown for the WD disk?

    Go to Start, right click "Computer", select Manage, then click on "Disk Management".

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    It was Vista home premium - no bitlocker.

    Only one partition shows in Disk Management.

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