Windows 10: Finding user data on old HD Solved

  1.    10 Mar 2018 #1

    Finding user data on old HD


    Old XP computer is dead. Purchased enclosure for the hard drive. Connected to my laptop running Windows 10. HD is recognized, but I can't find my user files, such as documents and photos. Any ideas?
    Thanks.
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  2.    10 Mar 2018 #2

    Can you see any files at all or is the disk recognized but seems to be empty?

    If you can see some files your user data will probably be in \Documents and Settings rather than \Users
    Windows XP Folders and Locations vs. Windows 7 and Vista - TechNet Articles
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  3.    06 Apr 2018 #3

    Hi,
    Check whether the hard drive details are mentioned in disk management. Details such as how many partitions, disk space etc.
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  4.    06 Apr 2018 #4

    It likely if you find the folder you will get access denied as you won't have rights on it you will need to take ownership of the folder
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  5.    06 Apr 2018 #5

    With a good 3rd party folder and file manager, you can, at admin level, drill down to the directories containing your stuff. I recommend copying data folders and files into a "d-drive" d partition in the long run.
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  6.    07 Apr 2018 #6

    Guys - @hzdedjm made their one and only post 3 weeks ago.

    If they had anything then they don't now.

    Let it die.
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  7.    13 Apr 2018 #7

    Hi there
    IMO the easiest solution would be to start up Macrium to see if any data on the HDD is recognized.
    Then try and IMAGE that disk to some other drive. With Macrium you can then mount the image and browse the data. You can also use a bootable version of Macrium. (The Free version is just fine for this -- Image the HDD and mount the image).]]
    To mount the image the macrium program will have an entry Browse Image.

    I can't show pic as I'm on a Linux system currently.

    Of course another solution is to fire up a Linux Live distro -- that will get you access to all your Windows stuff regardless of the NTFS permissions -- if you can do Linux create a live distro of something like ubunto or mint -- the GUI is pretty like windows and use the file manager. You don't need to install the live distro - run it from USB.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       13 Apr 2018 #8

    lx07 said: View Post
    Guys - @hzdedjm made their one and only post 3 weeks ago...
    Thread is marked 'Solved', so looks like they did at least get something of use from your replies.
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