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How to access an old My Documents

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How to access an old My Documents

When my PC kept crashing I was certain after investigations that the System (Boot) drive had failed (clicking noises alos appeared to be originating from it).

I took it out and replaced it with new drive and re-installed XP.

Luckily I had backed up all important data.

Since then, the PC has been crashing a lot with another recurrimng clicking noise. It seems that a Hitachi 320GB PATA drive could be failing (maybe it was this and not the Samsung 80 SATA that was causing the problems.

I have disconnected the Hitachi for now and reconnected the Samsung. If the clicking does not come back then it was the hitachi. If it returns I will disconnect the Samsung as well and then I will know if it was both or just one.

Anyway, the problem I have now is there atre some documents left in the old My Documents folder on the Samsung which I cannot access (windows was passworded).

Does anyone know how I can access that folder?

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How to access an old My Documents

Get yourself a copy of a Linux distro that can be booted from CD like Mandriva One and extract them that way- NTFS permissions can only be enforced by the operating system and Linux disregards them completely.

The only disadvantage with doing it this way is that you'll probably need a FAT32 partition to write them to (few, if any, Linux distros support writing to NTFS).
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To be honest, I'm pretty sure I took off all I needed - just had a nagging doubt.

Think I'll let it go - have no inclination to meddle with Linux or format a drive to FAT32.

I'll just reformat the drive and see if any errors are thrown up.

Thanks for the quick reply, though

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(few, if any, Linux distros support writing to NTFS).

puppy linux does so natively.

http://www.puppyos.com/
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If you know someone with a copy of Spinrite it might be worth running that before you reformat the drive.