Recently my laptop's hard drive died.
I'm not so good with computers but I've managed to connect it to my PC, with an IDE adaptor.

The files I need to recover were on the desktop, but I can't access Documents and Settings\Home User - I guess because it was password protected.

How can I get around this?


Apparently I have to restart my computer in safe mode, but when I do that it seems to stop...A long list of text appears, saying stuff about partitions, but it stops.

Should I just leave it for a long time to let it do it's thing?