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I Want To Read Old Ms Dos Hard Disks

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Hi

What do I have to do to be able to read old (early 90s) hard disks from my old business?

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What do I have to do to be able to read old (early 90s) hard disks from my old business?

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  1. On the ‘Detecting secondary Master: Press F4 to skip’ did you press F4 or leave it continue? If you hit F4 the bios would have ignored it and windows wouldn’t have seen it.

    Check its jumper settings here:

    http://insight.actapricot.org/insig…

    I assume it was set as ‘single’ but make sure since it’s the only drive on the cable.

    Also, what kind of IDE cable are you using for the quantum? Most newer computers need the 80 wire and some of those assume the drive is jumpered as CS (cable select) where the drives position on the cable determines whether it’s master or slave. That’s less likely to be the case if you’re using a 40-wire cable and it looks like those quantums can’t be configured for CS. Both the 40 and 80-wire cables have a 40 pin connection. The additional wires on the 80-wire have a coaxial shielding affect thus giving a better signal. There’s some pictures and info here:

    http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos…

    If jumpers and cables are OK I guess the next step would be to go into bios setup and see if you can set a user defined drive type. If so use the information I posted in # 27 above. If your computer it too new to use drive types then I don’t think there’s going to be any way to use it to view the quantum. You’d need to try to find something older–a 486 or maybe a pentium I.

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