Question About Password Protected Documents

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Dom46

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As the years wear on, we regularly upgrade our systems. Among other things, this means copying files to an external drive and moving them to the new system. After a brief transition period where both the old and new machines are running simultaneously, the old machine is turned off and stored in a closet.

Eventually, the old machines get thrown out, but not without pulling the hard drives first. These drives end up in a box to be wiped at a later time, but, a later time never comes. The result? I now have 4 shoe boxes stacked with old hard drives.

Typically, I will dismantle them before discarding. But first, I like to browse the drives and pull off any files that I think I might want, which leads me to my question:

I have so many old documents that are password protected, mostly Word and Excel. And of course, I don't remember the passwords.

I'd like to purchase software that I can install on a machine dedicated to breaking these passwords so that I can examine the documents before throwing them out.

Will someone please recommend a Windows or Ubuntu based software suit that will allow me to do this?

Thank you.
 
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