PC Angel is a System Recovery protection program which denies read access to the logical disk where your recovery files are located. On Gateway and eMachines computers (and possibly others; I have a Gateway), this is usually the logical drive "D:\" on your main hard disk in your laptop computer. It's likely that any files saved to this drive will likewise become inaccessible since the entire D:\ drive is protected.
PC Angel is an interesting piece of software (IMHO) since it performs it's appointed task while refusing to display the fact that it's operating. I couldn't find any indication of it running as a process or a service in Windows. However, I do know (after much research) that it is run by a .dll (Dynamically Linked Library) which is called by the Registry at boot time, and the protection is declared by by using a boot.ini file placed within the folder being protected, or on the root of the protected disk, and that the Registry Key and .dll name are listed inside that boot.ini file. (This is handy info if you ever want to try to delete PC Angel entirely from your system.) So it appears that the access control is implemented as a Shell Extension.
Here's an easy way to disable PC Angel:
Use Windows Explorer to navigate to
and rename the file.
Then reboot! Enjoy!
However, if you want to actually move your System Recovery files (say, to a new hard disk you purchased for your laptop) things get a little more complicated...
Do the above; then:
dir /a (shows you the hidden/system folders/files on D:\)
attrib -h -s (filename)
attrib -h -s (foldername)
attrib has to be run once for each file or folder. The -h and -s switches remove 'hidden' and 'system' status from the files and folders. I had a little trouble running attrib on folders like 'System Recovery' because of the space in the foldername... I couldn't remember how to target attrib to that folder in DOS. It didn't really matter, though, because after I renamed ShellvRTF.dll and rebooted, I could do want I wanted with those objects. Keep in mind that the file named 'System Volume Information' is actually a low level system file that you don't want to mess with, as it describes some aspects of your hard disk that I'm not too familiar with (yet).
After that, you should have control over those files and folders. If you have any trouble performing operations on them, go in to each file and folder through the right-click context menu using 'Properties'/'Security'/'Advanced', and change the ownership of the objects to yourself. On folders, make sure that child objects inherit the change.
I did all these steps in a different order, so I'm not sure the last step is really necessary. Perhaps someone else can do the experiment.
Anyways, Good Luck!