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Monday, October 1, 2012

Rescue Your Data from Windows Hard Disk

I have some data in an old hard disk, Windows system with account password, and I have completely no idea of the password.

Even worse, it's a Windows XP system, and when booting up, the Microsoft ask for activation -- of course the hardware changed for so many years! And the original Windows XP disk and its key lost long before -- I hate activation, give my data back to me!

So what can I do with it?

Thanks to the poor security design of Microsoft, their account password account is not really encrypt data itself, so you can find any other OS to boot up, and then the Windows disk is open to you. Here is the steps:

  1. Prepare a Linux booting disk, and boot up with it
  2. Mount Windows disk and now you can access your data now, no Windows activation needed.
Thanks to poor security of Windows, I've not lost my data.

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