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Access denied after reinstalling Windows XP

I secured folders (and the files under them) in Windows XP. Subsequently my system crashed and was not recoverable, so I had to reinstall Windows XP completely. Now, those secured folders are still protected but I cannot access or open any files under them. I'm getting "access denied." I tried taking ownership of the whole drive but am still getting an access denied message. Is there any other way I can regain access to my files? Thank you.
Interesting issue. You should look into Winternal's ERD Commander. This product has done wonders for me in the past, so that's where I'd start. Contact them first to see if their product can meet your needs.

This was first published in May 2005

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