xp and windows 98 hard drive format

February 5, 2009 at 16:12:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.612 GHz / 2046 MB
I am trying to read the hard drive from Win 98 computer as an external drive to recover some old data. My XP machine can't read the drive and asks if I want to format it. How do I access the data on the drive?

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February 5, 2009 at 18:09:41
98 will not read a NTFS drive with out a third party program. With the error you are getting even with the program will be no good.

Would try TESTDISK and rebuild the boot sector of the volume. When you run the program, about the 3rd display you will need to select ADVANCED option , then rebuild boot sector. Be sure to read the HOW-TO use.

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February 5, 2009 at 19:15:11
Am a bit confused. I am trying to read a windows 98 drive with an xp computer. I think the 98 drive is fat32 and xp is NTFS. Are we on the same page here? The response indicates you think it is the other way around-I am minimally savvy about this so I might be misinterpreting your answer-thanks-Wayne

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February 6, 2009 at 05:07:44
Try installing it internally as a slave.

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February 6, 2009 at 05:57:21
If the enclosure is being seen by the WinXP computer but the drive isn't then it may be a matter of the jumper on the drive. Usually the jumper needs to be in in the master position or completely removed.

Also possible the enclosure is defective. If a 3 1/2" drive the enclosure needs AC power connected to it in addition to the USB.

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February 6, 2009 at 06:43:19
"Are we on the same page here?" no, I was miss reading. I would still try testdisk only if the answer below is no.

Might the hdd had a (DDO)disk drive overlay program installed ? If it has a DDO installed then I do not know how to recover, jam & OtheHill likely will be the best help.

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February 6, 2009 at 06:52:42
Good point about the possibility of a drive overlay being installed. What is the capacity of the hard drive and what model computer was it originally running in?

Then both the external enclosure and the actual hard drive are recognized by WinXP?

How is the drive listed in Disk Management?

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February 6, 2009 at 08:50:13
more info. Win 98 drive is 8 gig Seagate model ST38641A. When I power up external enclosure, I get "do you want to format" message. Properties says raw format not ntsf or fat 32. Enclosure is fine-I use it on our other xp computer with old drive from another xp machine. ??? The 98 drive worked fine before I pulled it out. That computer won't run usb2.0( I tried installing drivers) and no cd burner. UGH Buy cheap dvd/cd burner?

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February 6, 2009 at 09:51:55
Trying to determine what hard drive limitations may have been on the Win98 computer. That was the reason for the model info request. Dynamic Disk Overlay allows a non compatible hard drive to operate on a system where it normally couldn't.

If the drive was installed using a DDO it can't be transferred to another computer without using the SAME overlay program. I can't say definitively if this is the reason the drive is not working in the enclosure. Could be the fact it is only 8GB and is not compatible with the enclosure.

To eliminate that possibility I suggest you connect internally or possibly restore to the original location and then use one of several available methods to get the info off that computer.

The simplest might be a Network adapter and crossover cable. Certainly not the only possibility. If a DDO is in use, restoring the drive to the original location is by far the easiest method.

If the old Win98 computer has USB 1.1 capability that is slow but should still work to transfer something less than 8GB of data.

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