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(Disclaimer: What I am doing is legal.)

I am trying to recover my stored passwords from a laptop that died on me. I have backed up bits and pieces of my old disk, and now I am running Messenger Key 9.5 build 3418.

It is slightly non-trivial for the YMessenger is not installed locally. I can point the tool to the relevant file, I just do not know where it would be.

Your help is appreciated!

Edit: Yahoo messenger is version 9.0.0, backed-up OS = Windows Vista

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I have 2 binary files - 2 partitions of the HD. I used Ubuntu Live CD and this command: ddrescue -r3 -b1Mi /dev/sda2 /media/MyPassport/p2 where /media/MyPassport was a USB drive and /dev/sda2 the device for the second (larger) partition. Now ... I have a file named p1 of size 4GB and a file named p2 of size 90GB - both created using Linux. I need to boot this up using Virtual PC. How can I do that?

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You may not be able to recover the password just from 'bits and pieces'.

If you still have the old hard drive, you can create virtual computer from the hard drive image and then use NirSoft's MessenPass to retrieve the password.

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Thank you. How well does this work? Have you used it yourself? By the way, I already copied the hd using the Linux's ddrescue command. I have 2 partitions, and I copied them out as files ... –  Fantomas Jan 21 '10 at 23:48
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i have created virtual machines from old hard drives, it works fine. i don't know about MessenPass, as i have all my passwords stored with KeePass (spares me the embarrassment :), but NirSoft's products are pure quality, so i have no doubt that it will do what says on the tin. :) –  Molly7244 Jan 22 '10 at 0:17
    
You are my savior! Almost ... I have 2 binary files - 2 partitions of the HD. I used Ubuntu Live CD and this command: ddrescue -r3 -b1Mi /dev/sda2 /media/MyPassport/p2 where /media/MyPassport was a USB drive and /dev/sda2 the device for the second (larger) partition. Now ... I have a file named p1 of size 4GB and a file named p2 of size 90GB - both created using Linux. I need to boot this up using Virtual PC. How can I do that? Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you! –  Fantomas Jan 22 '10 at 0:24
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got a spare hard drive? restore the partitions (you only need the windows partition) and then follow the tutorial i posted. –  Molly7244 Jan 22 '10 at 1:03
    
Not a bad solution ... most of my HDs are USB though. Well, thanks. –  Fantomas Jan 22 '10 at 2:45

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