I bought a new computer because I thought the MB and/or the memory crapped out. I thought I could plug the HDD from the old computer into the new one as a slave and get the files I need off of there. But the same message appears when I plug the old drive in to the new computer. So, I downloaded NTFS Reader for Windows 98 and plugged the old drive into a Windows 98 computer. That computer wouldn't start up, a "Windows Protection Error" was displayed. However, I was able to run some HD diagnostics on the drive and everything checks out. The BIOS reads the drive but I can't access it.
My next step was to try a DOS-level NTFS reader to copy the files from the old drive to the new computer. The DOS-level reader can see the files on the old hard drive but I wasn't able to copy them. The reader has to copy the files to a FAT drive but I don't have one.
Does anyone have any other ideas that I may try? I'm at the end of my rope here. The files on the hard drive are very important to me and I would like to get them back. It seems like I can almost get them but they are just out of reach. One important lesson I've learned so far is BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP. Is there a way I can repair the old hard drive? Thanks for your time.