Here's the short version.
(1) System registry corrupted and computer wouldn't boot. Took it to tech. He found a few bad sectors on HD and replaced it, AND transferred/saved two family users profile accounts & their files to a secondary slave HD on my machine. However, apparently he didn't get MINE because my user account was "password protected." (I always kept my user profile with a password.) He couldn't copy them or move them.
(2) I put the old "bad" HD (with the corrupt registry) into an older computer of mine (as the master HD) and reinstalled XP over the original corrupted XP in the same partition. The recovery console thing wouldn't work, so I had to reinstall XP and it worked great. My original folder called "owner" is still sitting under documents and settings/users. So, the old HD is up and running, BUT I still cannot gain access to MY files. Before all of this mess, my original user account was called "owner." During the reinstall XP setup, it asks me what I want to call my administrator account, but tells me I can't call it "owner"....maybe because there was already a user folder called owner(?) So I named it Jim. Once logged on as Jim, if I attempt to open the "owner" folder thru Win Explorer, I get the "access is denied" popup.
(3) So I go ahead and set up a new user/administrator account called "owner" using the same password as I had before, hoping that XP would automatically link to my old user folder "owner". However, when looking at the user on Windows Explorer,...it showed up as "owner.jim". It automatically added an extension called jim on the end, I guess because there was already an "owner" folder. Still can't access that folder and all of the subfolders in it.
Anyhow, how can I get access to that "owner" folder without having a user account called "owner" to link to it. I know the password and everything, I just can't get it to recognize that it is ME wanting to open it. The only way I know to open folders is thru Win Explorer or logging on as a user and gaining access to that particular users files. Unfortunately, I can't log on as "owner" as it will not allow me to establish a user profile called simply "owner". :sad:
Sorry so long winded, but that's the shortest way I could explain what happened and the steps already taken.
Anyone have any ideas?