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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need Help Accessing Files

About two weeks ago my laptop accidently got pulled to the floor. This was not by me and right now I don't care who did it I just need to some how fix it. Anyway, I got a 2.5" disk USB adapter today so that I can at least access my files. It seems I can access everything on the drive except for what I really need, which is access to my folder in My Documents.

It seems that because of the access rights on the folder I can't access it unless of course I log in under my account. I am trying to do this on a school computer so I can't simply create my account and log in through that. Is there anyway that you can authenticate yourself to access protected files?

While I'm asking for help I might as well ask about the laptop itself. It was still running and seemed functional when I found it. I decided to restart it though because I had been trying to install software to it and before I left it I had just changed some settings. Well it shutdown and never started up again. I opened it up and tried resoldering a component down but still nothing. The only other symptoms, other than not working, is that there is a clicking sound coming from the motherboard when powered and the charge/power light doesn't come on when the laptop is plugged in.

The laptop is a HP Pavilion 4200, AMD Athlon 2200+, etc.

Thanks for any help.
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http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;Q308419

You could also try a Linux live boot disc to access the folder and transfer the contents to CD/DVD or a FAT32 formatted HD (I've heard many vareities of Linux can be problematic in writing to NTFS drives. Perhaps someone with Linux experience knows different. I just used CDs or DVDs)
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http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;Q308419

You could also try a Linux live boot disc to access the folder and transfer the contents to CD/DVD or a FAT32 formatted HD (I've heard many vareities of Linux can be problematic in writing to NTFS drives. Perhaps someone with Linux experience knows different. I just used CDs or DVDs)
Thanks for the input, unfortunatly the link didn't help much since windows blocks me from performing any security related activites with the folder. I may have to try this on a friends computer, since they could give me full administrative priviliges to create an account.

Also, I had thought about trying the live cd route. I don't have BIOS access on the school machines, once again I'd go friend route, but I did try embedded DSL. So far I can't seem to get it to give me access to any drives other than it's home folder. Might be a consequence of embedded. I'll give their site a try later.

On the laptop end I just took it apart again, still can't see anything wrong. Though I did notice something that I didn't the last time I played with it. When I plug the power adapter in the adapters indicator LED likes to flash, which isn't right. I've just checked a site or too and found other HP owners who complained of the same thing, even with my model the ze4200. I haven't found a solution yet though, I'll have to keep looking.

One suggestion was a shorted FET or diode. Time to break out the multimeter I guess. I can test the diodes, but I'm not quite sure yet how I can investigate the FETs except by looking for a physical short. I think I'll need a magnifine glass. :eyemouth:

If anyone else has any ideas/suggestions feel free to chime in. Thanks
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Try:

start > run > cmd.exe

cacls.exe "DRIVE_LETTER_OF_THE_FAILED_DISK:\PATH\TO\My Documents" /G your_current_username:F

/G = Grant
:F = Full Privilages
your_current_username = name you are logged in under on that computer, not the hard disk.

cacls.exe is access rights for files/data, and is essentially the NTFS equivilant of CHMOD/CHOWN on Unix/Linux/FreeBSD. You will need to repeat this for all files in my documents (if) that are erroring.

Have fun, the usual command I use if I need all files in a dir, is change to that dir, and issue these commands:

cacls ./* /G Administrator:F
cacls ./*/* /G Administrator:F
cacls ./*/*/* /G Administrator:F
cacls ./*/*/*/* /G Administrator:F

Etc.
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Cool, thanks man. I'll have to try it when I have the drive with me.
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Okay, tried cacls but it is denying me from granting access. I see that there is a /P switch to change the permanent rights but I'm worried that performing that command will disable any encrypted files I have in the folder. Is this true? I know that is what happens when you force change a password, all encrypted files becom inaccessable.
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