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Solved How to get files off hard drive


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I have a PC that I need to do a clean install. The PC is not accessible due to password unknown. Is there a way to obtain excel and word docs from the drive? I can connect it via usb to another pc, but I don't know where to look for the documents.
 

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caperjack

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I have a PC that I need to do a clean install. The PC is not accessible due to password unknown. Is there a way to obtain excel and word docs from the drive? I can connect it via usb to another pc, but I don't know where to look for the documents.
hello ,the usb device would be the best option ,one would assume if you created the files you must know where you stored the files ,but I understand ,you would first look in the documents folder ,if not ,depending on the version of MS office you used as to what file type they are save in ,any way newer office used docx for word ,then search the drive for them using the *.docx


different office file extentions .
https://support.office.com/en-au/ar...tensions-eca81dcb-5626-4e5b-8362-524d13ae4ec1
 

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Dwig

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TechnoMage

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Sorry I got here late. I was stopped by a train.

I'd just run the password removal tool, from a boot CD and then access my drive normally.
Any decent computer tech could do that for you.

I have to do that often, when someone drops off their PC to me for repair, and they don't give me their password.

Just sayin'

:cool:
 

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    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
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    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
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#7
Sorry I got here late. I was stopped by a train.

I'd just run the password removal tool, from a boot CD and then access my drive normally.
Any decent computer tech could do that for you.

I have to do that often, when someone drops off their PC to me for repair, and they don't give me their password.

Just sayin'

:cool:
Can you message me with the one you use. Mine don't work.
 

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Ztruker

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Ztruker

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I believe so, yes. The key is replacing magnify.exe with cmd.exe so when you click on Magnify it opens a Command Prompt where you can enable the hidden Administrator account. Then you can logon with Administrator to make password changes to any account.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH