Is it possible?

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  1. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    Ok. I got two Windows XPs installed on my comp, with the older and more precious one not being accessable

    So my question is: Is it anyhow possible to get the user-specific folders from the another XP?

    I got shitloads of stuff in there, and I haven't been able to get the old Windows XP working again
     
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    Are they on the same hard drive??

    You should be able to browse the folders to get back what you need.
     
  3. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    They're on different hard drives.

    And I can't browse them. I meant the user-specific folders, especially "My Folders"
     
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    korrupshun New Member

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    explain your setup a little better, are you dual booting xp os's (if so why?!) or did you just reinstall to a new directory?

    in either case the folders should be accessible, especially if they are on the same drive.....
     
  5. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    I had this problem that the windows, wouldn't start, so I had to install a new one to the another drive, so I could find out what's the problem and (if I can) fix it.

    I can browse the old windows' system files, but not the user folders
     
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    someone correct me if im wrong, but i think this is what happened. installing to a new directory worked fine with other windows os's, but with xp certain directory structures that exist outside the windows folder are used as well, in particular the the c:\documents and settings\ folder....when you re installed to a new directory, the windows files went to the new directory, but the the doc/settings folder prolly got overwritten since it wasnt part the c:\windows directory
     
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    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    They are protected files, specific to the user you had on the old installation.

    Is your new username *exactly* the same as the old one?
    -If so is the password the same?

    If no then try creating a user with the same name/password. If that doesn't work try logging in under Administrator.
     
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    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    He installed to a new hard drive, his old data is still intact.

    But you are right, if you installed two XPs on one hard drive your documents and settings folder would get allll messed up :)
     
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    doh! missed that heh :uh:
     
  10. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    I can't access any of the c:\documents and settings\ folders of my old windows xp

    So is there any hope?
     
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    another old trick is to boot to dos (via diskette or cdrom) and just copy the directory to the new HDD, or better yet just the internals that you want to keep
     
  12. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    How do I do that?
     
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    either boot to the windows install disk, or create a boot diskette (used to be under windows add/remove programs....but im using BSD now and am unsure if xp's boot disk is located there
     
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    Damn - all wrong people.

    The problem is simple - NTFS prevents unauthorized users from accessing documents so you can't steal documents by simply ripping off the HD. That's a good thing. But there's a work around (that's a bad thing in most cases, but not in this one). What you need to do is take ownership of the files, and here's how:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
     
  15. Jamien

    Jamien Sabotage. Overthrow. Disobey and Demolish.

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    THANK YOU! It worked! You saved my year!

    You have my gratitude forever :bowdown:
     

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