How do I read Windows 3.1 drive in Windows 7?

February 7, 2011 at 12:10:26
Specs: Windows 64
I have an old 2.5" 170MB Seagate hard drive and want to get the contents back. I have a usb 2.5" driver interface, but the drive does not show up when I plug it in. I assume that it is formatted differently than Windows 95/98/XP/7 etc. so do I need a special program or driver or what?
Thanks.

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#1
February 7, 2011 at 12:56:44
I will assume that the drive is formatted as FAT16. Windows 7 is fully compatible with this format. Most likely there is a hardware issue.
Does the drive appear in Disk Manager?
Does your USB drive interface provide external power to the drive or does it rely on power from the computer? If it is the latter the drive may require more power than the USB interface can provide.

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#2
February 9, 2011 at 03:05:38
LMiller7 is correct. Through a working USB interface, there's no (logical) reason the drive shouldn't be seen just like a USB flash drive; other than the drive itself may be defective. How long has it been sitting around?

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