accessing a password-protected hd

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Hello everyone. My brother sent me his hard drive becuase his motherboard crapped out and he needs the data from his hard drive. I plugged it into my computer through an IDE connection and i can see most of the files on the computer. However, the data he needs resides within his "documents and settings" folder, and since it was password protected, i get "Access is Denied" when i try to access it. I know the username and password required for access so I shared out the entire hard drive and tried using the following from the command prompt: net use "share name" "password" /user:"username" It said that the command completed successfully but i still wasnt able to access his docs and settings folder. Does anyone know of a way to get his files since i know his username and password?

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Did you try creating him as a user on your computer with that particular password and then logging in as him? The problem is that the encryption is done with a certificate that was on the original computer. If the drive you have also contains the system drive, check out the following from MSDN to attempt to recover the certificate:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/smallbusiness/topics/cryptographyetc/protect_data_efs.mspx#E3LAE

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  • Dreamscape
    An easy solution is to take ownership of the files and folders. Instructions to do so: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421/en-us
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  • Yager
    Log on as the local administrator, take ownership, access file
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