User Data Backup and Restore - Help!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by NC Beach Bum, Apr 25, 2010.

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    NC Beach Bum Guest

    I am working with a PC that has account and password issues so the user is
    blocked from accessing his files. I have tried Orphcrack on the system but
    it's not showing any passwords. The user tells me the system has been
    acting odd for some time now and - of course - he does not have a backup and
    to make it worse his tax information is on the system so he had to file an
    extension to get time for me to do this recovery and restore. I need to
    pull his files from the system to wipe, perform a clean install, setup his
    account and restore his files. What is the best way to do this?

    NC Beach Bum, Apr 25, 2010
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  2. Have you tried a penetration testing live CD like BackTrack?

    If files weren't encrypted, it might be possible to use some of the
    "Accessibility" programs running on the logon desktop. Some refer to
    "Stickykeys" as sethc.exe (but actually 'set high contrast') you can
    invoke a copy of cmd.exe renamed as sethc.exe from the logon screen.
    Protected files need to be replaced in the resource protection cache as
    well or they will be swapped at reboot and you are back where you
    FromTheRafters, Apr 26, 2010
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  3. Can you mount the drive in another PC and see the directories? If so
    you should be able to take control of the directories and then back them
    up like any other files. I had to do this when a friend's laptop died.
    I mounted the disk in a XP computer and took ownership of the files
    and copied everything to a new drive.
    Michael W Ryder, Apr 26, 2010
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    lypolintan74, May 14, 2010
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