kids lost eerything

Compaq / Cm0204
February 9, 2010 at 07:16:39
Specs: Windows 98
im trying to retrieve my windows by using a boot disk. it looks as if the c drive has been deleted. is there a way i can get my info back? ive tried using different ways but it tells me that parameter format not correct. ive lost my 98 cd-rom so im in trouble here. isnt there abackup on d: drive? it shows several files. i have to do all this from dos.. please help

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#1
February 9, 2010 at 07:49:05
There could be backup on the D: drive depending if the Manufacture put a backup of Windows 98 on it. More than likely not because those older systems had very little hard drive space to waste on backups. Give use a list of what is on the D: drive.

Call the manufacture and they will send you another copy of your Windows 98. You will have to pay for the media and shipping and handling which is about $30.00 but it is better than buying a new OS for $170.00 (upgrade price).

Next time keep your backup CDs in a safe place for just an incident.


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#2
February 9, 2010 at 09:01:25
THE FILES IN D: CALLED SYSTEM~SAV ARE... [00 WK4] AMERIC`10B DIR, AOLSHARE DIR, CONFIG BAT, CPQDRV DIR, CPQS DIR, CTO TXT, DATA DIR, DATA DIR, I30 SKU, USNF DIR... PLEASE TELL ME ALL IS NOT LOST

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#3
February 9, 2010 at 10:32:54
Deer

Stop posting all over the site and stick with one thread. And shut off the caps lock.


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#4
February 9, 2010 at 12:22:01
sorry about posting all over the site. I had several questions about different pc's and i thought you had to do it that way

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#5
February 9, 2010 at 21:26:42
Apparently that's a Presario 5451. Here's info on using the recovery cd "to restore your system files from a separate space on the hard drive":

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

I have some compaq recovery cd's. I'll try to check in the next few day to see if I have one for that model.

Of course you can always buy a 98 disk from someplace like ebay and do the install.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#6
February 10, 2010 at 01:44:39
Are you mainly concerned about recovering data - personal files etc... Which is usually the prime concern... The OS etc. can easily be replaced of course; but not data...

Presuming it is data you mainly are concerned about... there are utilities that will likely help you recover it - but... DO NOT write anything or do anything further to the disk (reformat, repartition etc...).


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#7
February 10, 2010 at 05:30:24
I dont really care about the data. I just want to put it back like it was new. I understand it is an old pc but it is all i need. I also went to that site you suggested and it doesnt have recovery disks anymore.

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#8
February 10, 2010 at 05:54:36
Understand the dilemma and situation...

A trawl via google brought this up - and it is where you can apparently still buy a recovery CD for your model...

Scroll down aways to your model and click to basket/checkout etc... Cost is about $27 or so..

http://www.myrecoverycds.com/CQ5000...

Failing getting a suitable CD... (Dave in caps may be able to help as he has suggested too) post back and I or others may be able to help with source or three for a '98 disk; but you wouls still ned applications afterwards...?


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#9
February 10, 2010 at 06:15:51
thank you for all your help.. I know im a pain. Maybe I should just erase everything and buy 98 or maybe upgrade to xp. Ill check and see if I have the resources for it and start from scratch. Is erasing and starting new a difficult process? Plus when I used the boot disk it didnt recognise my hp cd-writer plus 8000 series , do I need to download driver's from somewhere and can I put them on my boot up disk?

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#10
February 10, 2010 at 07:10:35
How much Ram does it have??

larry


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#11
February 10, 2010 at 07:18:04
There is 128 mb of ram.. Any ideas on the cd-writer too? Im currently searching and I think although it says 8000 on the front it may be an8100

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#12
February 10, 2010 at 07:46:35
although XP will install, once you add a antivirus, firewall & anti-spyware program, your machine will come to a virtual stand still. Your machine as currently configured is just not suited for xp.
Try this its free and you have nothing to loose by trying it.
http://puppylinux.org/main/index.ph...

you will also find out if the cd, really has a problem
I believe your machine can be set to boot from the cd, so create a bootable puppy cd and see if you can boot it.

larry


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#13
February 10, 2010 at 11:11:08
You need a minimum of 256 to even get XP to stagger; better with 512Meg of RAM at least... Also processor has to be at least a P-11/233Mghrz but really somewhat faster...

I'd be inclined to stay with '98; and also check out the recovery CD site I posted you... For about $30 overall what have you to lose?


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#14
February 10, 2010 at 13:04:13
Thank you very much for your time and effort. Im going to purchase a win 98se cd. Someone on here is upset with me for "posting all over the site".. I do apologise for my ignorance of your site. I had questions about 3 different pc's and I thought you had to show different titles. I wont ask anymore questions and again thank you for all your help...

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#15
February 10, 2010 at 13:35:39
'98SE will be fine; but remember you will need applications too? Although I think '98SE does include a basic word processor - aka "word" - ?

You will also need an antiv-virus utility... and there at least two freebies "out there". AVG and Avast. I favour Avast - avast.com.

You do have register to use the freebie/home-use version; but then it's yours for at least a year or so; after-which you usually re-register.

Don't be put off by the "lots of posts all over the place noise... Everyone starts somewhere and gets to know how a given forum operates... Come back if you need more help...; but perhaps post in the '98 forum if using '98... And maybe include a reference to your original post here so pholks will remember/recognise you and so on...?

This is one of the best forums around; and I have been across more than a few and occasionally still go to two others just for a look-see. There are some "very" knowledgeable minds here (and on other sites too to be fair).

'98SE full version is likely on eBay and at some clearance houses too, and didn't ought to cost but a few $$/££? If you have problems securing a copy (and ensure you get the CD Key for it) post back here - in this post - and see if pholks can help; or contact me here, as I do have a spare copy...

Incidentally you say you had questions about 3 PCs... No harm in posting separately for each; often means different pholks may/will get involved with each...? All 3 in one post can sometimes mean one or other may get lost, ignored, forgotten in the discussions...

trvlr


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#16
February 10, 2010 at 13:47:56
trvlr... I would be interested in your copy if you would sell it to me.. You have helped me tremendously. btw.. I fdisk'd my pc and formatted it for installing a new os.. Will I have any trouble installing the software? I double checked my bios and it boot's 1st in cd-rom and the cd-rom does operate.. Also I have 4 partitions. As I only use the pc for surfing the net and simple things should I just have a primary disk? Example-- Just C: ?

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#17
February 10, 2010 at 14:32:40
I am going to assume that your HD is relatively small by modern standards. In which case, although there are certain merits in more than one partition, I think it would be simpler and better to just have one large partition. It's a long story with lots of opinions but 4 partitions definitely sounds like overkill.

Don't be frightened off from posting. If you have more to say about an existing topic on the same machine just try to add it to the appropriate post whenever possible, otherwise its hard for helpers to link posts together and avoid repetition. New subject and/or different machine then, sure, you start a new post.

some other bloke...


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#18
February 10, 2010 at 15:27:45
The person who was upset with you for "posting all over the site" was one of the moderators.

I had left detailed instructions on installing utorrent, where to download a Win98.iso file, & how to burn to disc using ImgBurn. Either my response was deleted or your entire thread was deleted due to double posting or cross posting. Regardless, I don't know why you would pay for Win98 when you can get it for free?


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#19
February 10, 2010 at 16:42:22
Thank you for your reply. I didnt know you could get win98se for free.. If so, where? Also, I fdisk'd my hard drive again and all my hard drive is in C:.. But now I cant get to my bios.. What gives?

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#20
February 10, 2010 at 17:00:56
Some old Compaqs had the BIOS on the hard drive. If that's the case with your's, you wiped it out & will have to download & install the correct ROMPaq.

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#21
February 10, 2010 at 17:07:16
Re-fdisk'd and formatted. Now I can get to my bios. Maybe a solution for someone in the future...

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#22
February 10, 2010 at 21:55:03
Be careful re' torrent downloads etc. Besides possible virus and other nasties issues... '98 is "still" M$-property... although they no-longer provide active support for it? Thus a freebie download isn't esactly kosher/correct...?

Nonetheless if you check eBay you may find a copy for a few $$$ etc...

Search eBay.com (the USA site) for:

windows 98SE CD

and you'll get quite a few hits... There are also a few Compaq recovery CD sets there too... Be careful you don't bid/buy just a license as there is at least one vendor offering only that; no CD...!

Otherwise... as I say I have a spare copy if all else fails...

But I'd also consider a replacement Compaq set of disks... as they may include a few useful items/apps too? One could check with vendors?


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#23
February 11, 2010 at 05:32:20
Most of the torrent sites allow users to rate & post comments about the quaility & content of the torrent files. As long as you take the time to check the ratings/comments, the risks of infection are minimal.

If it would make you feel better to pay for a 12 yr old OS disc that is no longer supported, knock yourself out. I was just supplying you with another option.


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#24
February 11, 2010 at 06:17:47
That's a fair comment "jam"... re' torrent; haven't used it personally but did read many a warning in days of yore re' pest etc. from such sites. So if users are now adddressing that issue then perhaps perhaps perhaps... - within legals etc.?

And I tend to sit slightly on side with you re' the now old/unsupported software issue... But we have to advise posters of the ins/outs etc. so as to be safe etc. from possible criticisms/accusations re' "hacking, piracy etc..."?


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