My WinXP system recently crashed and will not allow restart. Have talked at length with manufacturer support who are suggesting reinstall as only fix. Problem is there are important files I'd like to recover if possible and would prefer not to risk writing over them. (there was a password sign in for XP). As such I have externalized the hard drive and slaved it off my laptop. Now I can see my folders but cannot open them. Everytime I try to open the folders containing the files in question "access denied" is reply. There is no prompt to enter the password protecting the files. Question is this: Is there a way to get into files/provide password? Returning the HD to its former home doesn't seem like a possible as the system will not restart. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.