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    Access is denied (Windows XP Home)

    A notebook has died so I have removed the hard drive & connected it as slave to my PC & copied to a DVD much of the data that was stored on it.

    However one folder that is important cannot be copied. When it is accessed I get an error message:

    [Drive]Documents and SettingsUsernameDesktop[Foldername] is not accessible.

    I have not protected this folder or restricted access to it. Can anyone explain how I access it?

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    Re: Access is denied (Windows XP Home)

    Hi Malcolm

    How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP from the MS knowledge base may help.

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    Re: Access is denied (Windows XP Home)

    Thank you for the pointer to the MSKB article. With its guidance I was able to force a change of ownership to get access to the files in the previously inaccessible folders. But I could only see them in Safe Mode. They were still not accessible in a normal Windows environment.

    At a guess & in Safe Mode I copied the folders to the Desktop, went back to normal Windows & found they were then accessible. Problem solved!

    Thank you again for your help.

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