Philip Herlihy wrote:
My Win2000 PC died so I have built a replacement XP machine. I
swapped the drive with the data to the new machine.
One of the folders had security settings to prevent anyone but me
Now I can't open the folder even if I am logged in with exactly the
same user name and password as on my old machine, even if I switch to
an account with administrator rights.
I get the error "An error occurred while reconnecting to E to
\\oldcomputername\data on oldcomputername. Microsoft Windows Network:
The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been
can anyone advise?
You may be stuffed. If you chose the setting "Encrypt folder to secure
data" then it can ONLY be accessed by the original account. For these
purposes, that's an account with the matching Globally Unique Identifier
(GUID), and another account which happens to have the same name and
password won't match. If you can boot from the original disk
(presumably into Win2K) you may well be able to get into the folder and
get the data out of it (or turn off the encryption). If not, then you
may have to live without your data...
I've looked into this a little more. If enough information is left on
the original disk then it is possible (in theory) to reconstruct the
encryption keys. But it's scary: see: