Recovering Files off my old Hard Drive (HELP!)
Posted 21 November 2005 - 05:45 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:45 PM
Posted 22 November 2005 - 09:09 PM
I had a DELL running on WindowsXP it was a couple years old. It had some spyware and problems and eventually it went to the junk pile, I pulled my hard drive out its a Maxtor 80Gig I beleive. I just snagged my friends old HP which still has WIN 98 on it. I tried hooking up my hard drive, it plugged in fine but im not sure how to get it to recognize it. I went into the computer setup, hooked it up as slave and then master but my skills cant get it working yet... so beginner help is needed. Thanks in advance =)
The second disk should be a slave, unless you connect it to a second IDE port, often computers have two. It also depends on what else is on the machine and what is connected.
One way to get the data off the disk is to buy a new disk and install it in your Dell, reload XP, then once that is done add the old disk and scan it for virus and other bad things, then copy the data off of it.
Typically XP uses a different type of filesystem than 98 (NTFS vs FAT32), so if it is NTFS you will only be able to access the data on a system which can read that, typically WInXP, but also several versions of Linux can read it. Reading it on Linux is nice since the viruses do not affect it, so you can get off some of the data, but it involves more learning. This means that it will look like the disk does not exist since win98 will not find any partitions with a known filesystem on it.
The first step is to see if you can see the disk through the BIOS, enter setup and check to see if you can see all the IDE devices. There is often a printout of what is found when the machine powers up. If you can not see the disk at that point, you will not be able to see it when the OS loads.
Edited by Kemasa, 22 November 2005 - 09:28 PM.
Posted 19 December 2005 - 06:55 PM
Then if you copy the data off the drive that you want to keep, you could FDISK it, to remove any sign of the operating system and then format it as FAT32.
Finally, you would then be able to copy your files back onto the disk and install the drive into your Windows98 machine, which would then be able to recognise it.
There's a lot of if's and but's here, but I think you can see the logic.
PM me if you need any help doing any of this.
I am not a member of the staff around here, but I hope I can help.
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