Windows – Accessing former XP drive as second drive under Windows 7 without Chowning

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RE: Accessing former XP drive as second drive under Windows 7

Removed primary drive from XP machine and hooked it up via usb adapter to a machine running Windows 7. Isn't there a way to read this drive without changing stuff, like ownership?

This suggests not: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistasecurity/thread/0ec97143-db51-450e-bef9-88ce29e100db

but I'm not satisfied. I'm trying to recover files from a failing drive. The last thing I want to do on a failing drive is start writing stuff to it. I need a copy only operation.

Perhaps there is a way to create a user and match the admin sid on the target drive.

Best Answer

Windows Vista and 7 has a complete different security model then XP. Furthermore, when installing Vista/7 the OS is not aware of previous users that was on the old harddrive, and therefore it will treat the old harddrive as alien.