Solved Broken Disc Drive

January 12, 2012 at 11:28:50
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old 386 DOS computer with broken disc drive. I have no internet access on this computer and need to get a file from it. I used to have an old external floppy disc drive via it's serial port. I need to find one of these or am open to suggestions. Please help..this is work-related! It also has a parallel port.

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January 13, 2012 at 17:36:29
You failed to mention the computer was a laptop. "All I know is I really need to get these files and know I've done it in the past but for the life of me can't remember how. I'm sure it was through some device connected to the serial port."

Did you read my last response? You use a null modem cable.



#1
January 12, 2012 at 11:45:50
I assume you mean the floppy disk is the broken disk? If the hard drive then how will you retrieve the file?

Why not just buy an internal floppy drive? They are still very much available new and used.

Go to any computer shop and they may GIVE you one. I have a dozen lying around. What is rare are the 5.25" floppy drives.

Serial ports were sometimes used to connect two computers. The process name eludes me but the cables were called null modem cables. See the link below. Cable is similar to a crossover USB cable in that one pair of the wires are crossed over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_m...


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#2
January 13, 2012 at 17:02:05
Yes, the floppy disk drive. I replied to your reply but I don't see it here so I'm glad I checked back. I took the laptop into a computer shop today and they thought I had said it was a desktop so they are trying to figure out ways to get the file off because they of course only have the internal floppy drive for a desktop. I forgot to mention to them the suggestion of yours re connecting two computers via the serial ports. Windows is on this computer but the mouse is broken so can't navigate and they are seeing if they can add an external mouse. Windows version is 3.1.1 I think. All I know is I really need to get these files and know I've done it in the past but for the life of me can't remember how. I'm sure it was through some device connected to the serial port. Thanks for any other thoughts.

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#3
January 13, 2012 at 17:28:45
Pull the hard drive out of it and attach it via a suitable adapter to another machine to retrieve the files. Sounds like the rest of the machine is beyond help anyway so you have nothing to lose.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
January 13, 2012 at 17:35:47
Well, actually I use this computer everyday to work. The rest of it works fine and I run software that only will run on DOS. I do closed captioning and make a file each day of what I write and I need just one of those files to email to a client. In a perfect world I need to backup my main working file and that's why I hope to find either an internal floppy drive for this laptop or an external one, but I need this computer and like I said, use it every day. I don't need new software...there is new software I could use but it costs about 8 or $9000 I think and I really don't want to spend that when this type computer is all I need. If I could just resolve the issue with the floppy drive I'd be set as long as it lasts.

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#5
January 13, 2012 at 17:36:29
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You failed to mention the computer was a laptop. "All I know is I really need to get these files and know I've done it in the past but for the life of me can't remember how. I'm sure it was through some device connected to the serial port."

Did you read my last response? You use a null modem cable.


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#6
January 13, 2012 at 17:46:17
I'm sorry, I did read that. I'm just trying to research too many things at once and not doing a very good job. I think I may have a null modem cable. Any chance you could tell me how to do that if it's not too complicated? The guys at the computer repair place don't seem to know about anything that uses the serial port. I have another laptop that runs on XP and I have this laptop that is Vista. Could I connect one of those computers to this one with the broken drive? Thanks..

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#7
January 13, 2012 at 19:49:52
You obviously did not look at the link I provided in #1 above. In addition to that link see this one below. Just click on the purple links to open.

http://www.angelfire.com/ma/mantasd...

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I suggest you post a new question in the DOS forum here. Folks over there can probably better help you. In addition to access to the serial cable I suggest you post what OS is running on the 386 and what other computers you have available.


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#8
January 14, 2012 at 05:10:54
Thanks for your time and assistance. I read the link but still have questions so I did post in the DOS section like you suggested. Thanks again for your help! Hopefully I can get this to work.

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#9
January 14, 2012 at 05:43:36
OverThehill it is against Forum Rules to Double Post, and it is not an MS-DOS issue par-se, as the Poster has Windows XP/Vista machines, so no more relevant than NT Batch Programming in the MS-DOS Forum

Windows 95/98 are MS-DOS based and allow Direct Port Access, Windows XP (NT5.1) & Vista (NT6.0) do not allow direct port access, therefore you need Null Modem Cable software which is for both MS-DOS and Windows XP.

Laplink may be a solution but expensive, an alternative is FastLynx which is both MS-DOS and Windows XP compatible:

http://sewelldirect.com/fastLynx3.aspx

http://sewelldirect.com/fastLynx.aspx

Though how you are going to install files into Laptop without a Floppy is difficult..


THOUGH if you had another MS-DOS 6 PC/Laptop you could use Interlink/Interserver:

http://glennmcc.org/download/masrti...


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#10
January 14, 2012 at 06:09:13
Sorry if I misunderstood. This forum is too advanced or I'm too dense to follow so I will try to work with the techs here. Sorry I took up your time. Thanks again.

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