data on hard drive, but says it's unformatted

December 19, 2009 at 12:32:18
Specs: Windows XP
When hooking up a hd to my win xp system as an external usb hub hd i get a message that it wants to format-yes or no.
As i have data on this i do not want to do this.
Other hd's open with no issues.
It opens in win98 but not in win 2000 or xp.
I know i had a bad sector and used hdd regenerator to repair the one bad sector,that's when it was able open in a win98 machine.
I just want to open the hd and remove the data and put it on a new hd.
Any thoughts to why 98 opens it but other operating systems do not?
Anything else i can do without a reformat or do i have to locate a win98 pc somewhere?
Much appreciated!


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#1
December 19, 2009 at 17:58:40
What's the drive model number and are you sure it's jumpered correctly for install in external USB?

"It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians
than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men."


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#2
December 19, 2009 at 18:38:29
Why not just use the same machine it worked on before?

LIR


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#3
December 20, 2009 at 02:13:31
Thanks for the responses.
The drive is correct in the usb hub.
My other hd's work fine and i've tried the one in question in another xp system with no luck.
I don't have the win98 machine any longer.
I may have to find another and go that route.
Just strange why 98 would open it only.

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#4
December 20, 2009 at 11:52:28
How long ago did 98 "open" it? Perhaps the drive is dead/corrupt.

LIR


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#5
December 20, 2009 at 12:19:27
What is the capacity of the drive in question? You may have used a drive overlay on the drive due to size limitations on the old Win98 computer.

There may still be ways to recover files. Do you know approx. how much data you need to recover?


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#6
December 20, 2009 at 13:25:10
The drive opened in 98 recently,unfortunately i fried the motherboard on that one before i had a chance to remove the data.
It's a 20 gig maxtor which is pretty much full, i'd say 19 gig approx.

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#7
December 20, 2009 at 13:40:59
If it only 20GB then chances are you didn't place a drive overlay on it.

Try using recovery programs on it.

PC Inspector (freeware)
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...
Zero assumption Recovery
http://www.z-a-recovery.com
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free
GetDataBack
http://www.runtime.org/

Or a live version of Linux may work to recover files. Knoppix is good.


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#8
December 20, 2009 at 13:54:22
If it's got a drive overlay on it or was identified with a non-standard C/H/S in cmos on the 98 machine then XP may not see anything.

When it was on the old PC do you remember a message showing just after the posting process, something like 'press CTRL to boot from floppy'? If so that means you have a drive overlay on it.

Bah, humbug


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#9
December 22, 2009 at 15:41:45
Sorry i don't recall if there was a 'press CTRL to boot from floppy'?
I installed a program called Partition Wizard Home Edition just to take a look at it.
It says it's unformatted -capacity 19.08 gb -used 19.08 and that it's partioned.
I'm going to try to locate another hd and a win98 cd down the road and remove my data if all else fails.
I appreciate the help to all.

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#10
December 22, 2009 at 20:03:52
On the chance it's got an overlay, check #3 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Bah, humbug


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