get files from dead win 98 to import to Win 7

December 4, 2010 at 13:15:40
Specs: Windows 7
Hello all, I have a bunch of questions I'm hoping you can help me with. My old win 98 machine suddenly quit ( I believe it's the power supply), and naturally i don't have a bunch of my stuff backed up. I need to get a bunch of stuff off of that old drive, how can that be accomplished ? . Assuming that can be done, where do i look for my old outlook express contact list and old emails ( from both the inbox and drafts folder) , and where do those files get put on new win 7 machine ? I'm also looking to get a bunch of files that were created in word, will these files be usable on the new machine if i don't have word for win 7 installed ? Thanks in advance for all your help.

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December 4, 2010 at 13:52:45
You should be able to connect the old hard drive to the Windows 7 computer. Either internally or using a USB enclosure or USB adapter. You Windows 98 computer will have an IDE/ATA type hard drive. Most, but not all, new computers still have at least one IDE channel available on the motherboard. You can connect to that. Note that when connecting a new hard drive the BIOS MAY treat that drive as the first hard drive to boot to. You do not want that to happen. If it does, post back with that issue.

The last few versions of Word will install to Windows 7. However, you can download Open Office for free and it will not only read the .doc files but can created them.

As far as OE goes, I can't help as I don't use it.

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December 4, 2010 at 16:01:03
For Outlook Express this may be of use:

For Windows 98, the database files should be in C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{F3C7D6BE-9759-4725-86B9-461EAD018BF6}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

For Windows XP, they are in C:\Documents and Settings\<USER NAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{F3C7D6BE-9759-4725-86B9-461EAD018BF6}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

Run Outlook Express at least once before copying. Copy the DBX files, those are the message files to the Windows XP path specified just now.

The Address Book can be Imported and Exported from within Outlook Express.

Click on File, Export and then Address Book.
Similarly, when importing the WAB file into Outlook Express, click File > Import and then Address Book and select the file. Or in Windows 98, you can access it directly at C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book, in Windows XP at C:\Documents and Settings\<USER NAME>\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book.

Note the name:
may vary

The link below may also be useful:

Hope it helps

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 5, 2010 at 00:23:52
OtheHill, thanks for the reply, so if i remove the drive from the old win 98 machine and take to a local computer shop, they'll be able to sell me a cable that will connect to the old hard drive and connect to the new win 7 machine via usb ? I assume that the drive will have the power supplied via the usb cable to get the data off of it ? Will the new win 7 computer recognize the old drive as just another "external" drive ?

Mossadique, the old computer is win 98 and the new one is win 7 , and I don't think i'll be able to actually run outlook express because the old computer's power supply is dead.

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December 5, 2010 at 07:20:04
Yes but you can copy the files and then import them into windows 7.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 5, 2010 at 07:37:50
Order one of the devices linked below. It is much more flexible than an enclosure. Can connect many different types of drives and is cheap enough. I have on of these and it works.

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December 5, 2010 at 14:14:07
Unfortunatly Windows 7 can't run Outlook Express, in fact does not come with an e-mail client, therefore recovering contacts and mail that way is not possible.
I can make a suggestion which may work (I havn't tried it) download Thunderbird from,
Install it then using the path specified by OtheHill for the OE files on the old drive, try importing the mail and contacts into Thunderbird.
You will need to download an e-mail client anyway, so may as well start with this one and hope it can recover your contacts.

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