data recovery from old HDD

March 11, 2011 at 10:57:56
Specs: Windows XP pro, 1,6 / 724
i have buy my old laptop toshiba 386dx in 1989 and know it is broken, i want to recovery the hdd (2",5/40 MO/) contents. there was win3.13 and dos 6.22, turbo pascal, dbase, cobol... i remember that i have using the drivespace (mode 16: max compress methode) (the contens of hdd is up to 80 MO).

first ask : may be the data lost after years. the laptop is not used from 1996
in othercase : how do you and what you need to recover from.

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March 11, 2011 at 11:13:59
What possible use can any data on that hard drive be at this time?

BTW, you should try using spell check. Even your message at the bottom is misspelled.

If an overlay was used I wouldn't hold out much hope. You could try one of the recovery programs that are available after connecting the drive to another working computer.

Look at the link below for an idea of what to use to connect the hard drive to a working computer. If that computer is running Windows you could then try a program called recuva. I am posting links for the adapter and to recuva.

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March 11, 2011 at 12:49:30
You have to use a similar drivespace or higher level to access that data. No open source exists that I know of.

The data ought to be there but we can't be for sure. Connect to some computer to see if you can get it to work. It would need to be known the drive settings too. See if you can get that data from the bios info if still there.

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March 11, 2011 at 19:52:13
The first thing you need to do is get the drive setup right in whatever computer you connect it to. A 40 meg drive on a 386 might be configured as a user definable drive type or as a preset drive type--probably type 17. You'll need to get it ID'd the same as it was on the toshiba or it's unlikely you'll be able to access it.

On a computer newer than a pentium I it may be difficult to configure a drive using drive types, in which case you'll need to go find an old pc in order to get the drive set up.

Once you get it set up right you can boot up with it and copy whatever you want to another fat16-partitioned hard drive. Or, I think you can add the drivespace files to a floppy boot disk and copy the files after booting from the floppy. If you did it that way you could use a 98 bootdisk and fat32 drives. (I don't think you can get XP to access a drivespace-compressed disk but I could be wrong about that.)

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