questionsmy hard drive files are locked by pc angel…

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I'm guessing that you've been here, http://www.filefacts.com/pc-angel-recovery-info.
It reads like you might be able to create a boot disk and access your files. But, after reading it seems strange that you would not have access to your file system. Makes me wonder if your windows partition may have failed and somehow the PcAngel partition survived? If that is the case proceed carefully. I would try a file recovery software before trying to get into the PcAngel backup just in case. That angle might be fruitless anyway unless you or someone else specifically told PcAngel to backup your files and/or folders. Best of luck.

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Contact the NSA. Tell them Eddie sent you.

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@zippy the pinhead: I'd simply recommend a crowbar. Always works for me!

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The Spouse (who did tech support for years) says to call your computer's manufacturer and ask for a recovery CD.

He also says google is your friend, but you probably already know that.

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You need SpinRite..
https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
Some of the surface media on your HDD is failing.. You can run SpinRite while the drive is connected to the new computer or return it to the old computer and run SpinRite there...
SpinRite will attempt to recover the data stored on the parts of the drive that are failing.. Once it has finished you should be able to recover and transfer your Documents to a new computer or HDD... SpinRite will take a while... Depends on how much damage there is..

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I am confused. I did a quick search of PC Angel Recovery. It turns out I use this quite a bit and I would not remove it. This PC Angel Recovery is the software that runs when you press F11 on boot.
If you have this software you will have 2 partitions one you use and the other with you Factory Fresh image of your computer (Windows, Drivers, Bloatware...).This does not contain your (should not) personal files. The only reasonable reason to remove this partition is you plan on never ever going back to the factory fresh image (even if you sell the PC)

The reason I am confused is why you think the image has your personal files locked,
I could have missed something (pre coffee).

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@caffeine_dude: As far as I know, I never invoked PC Angel Recovery. I never pressed F11 during boot up. I was using a Win7 install disk to repair the installation and kept getting blue-screens during every attempt to get something done. I moved the boot drive to a new computer to pull files off it and found all of the folders were locked. In Windows Explorer, all of the folders have a padlock icon. When I try to enter the folder, I get a message telling me PC Angel Recovery had locked it. I cannot find a copy of PC Angel on any of my other computers but they are all brands that PC Angel's website claims uses it. Perhaps it is hidden somewhere, lurking. I'll try F11 on the new computer to see if I can call it up and examine the problem drive.

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@hobbitss: I suspect that you are correct that there are errors on the drive, I'll give SpinRite a try.

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@nortonsark: Windows 7 will lock the files, is there an option to unlock \give permissions when you try to access a folder? I have this http://www.amazon.com/sabrent-Converter-Supply-Activity-USB-DSC5/dp/B000HJ99DI
When I pull a drive from a PC and hook it into my Win7 box I need to get permission to access the files. It takes a while.
You can look at owners by right clicking the file>properties>Security tab.
System is the 'everyone' access. Make sure system has full control.
Out of time for now. BBL

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Just to confirm, you only see one extra drive letter appear when you add that old drive to your new computer?
Go into Disk Management under the Control Panel (Under Administrative Tools, Computer Management). See if that drive letter is associated with the small partition or the large one that takes up almost the entire drive. If the former, your files aren't there.

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@omnichad: If the MBR and/or directory files are corrupted do to media issues the Drive partition may not be recognizable..

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@hobbitss: That's why I always clone a potentially bad drive before working on it. But if that were the problem, I'd go straight to GParted to check on the partition structure.

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You can look at owners by right clicking the file>properties>Security tab
add everyone as an owner by hitting edit typing everyone hit check name if you spelled everyone correctly it should underline, hit ok. See if the lock is removed. This is free and easy to try.
You already have the everyone user with full control check out files in C:\Users\Public by right clicking the file>properties>Security tab

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@mtm2: You sure hit the screw on the head w/that one!