Re: Recovering files from old hard drive

Re: Recovering files from old hard drive

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Posted by Henry on November 04, 2001 at 22:40:26:

In Reply to: Recovering files from old hard drive posted by Des Horan on November 01, 2001 at 05:12:53:

: I removed a Maxtor LXT340A 300mb drive from an old PC and I want to transfer its contents to my present machine. It was connected as a secondary master, but when I connect it up to my PC now it isn't recognised. The old PC was running Windows95 and I'm using W98... any ideas how I can get it up and running? I'm stumped!

Some reasons HDDs are not recognized by BIOS:
1. Jumpers wrong (Master HDD may need to be jumpered differently if you mate it with a slave).
2. Power not getting to HDD
3. Data cable not REALLY connected (just looks connected)
4. HDD capacity greater than BIOS capability (probably NOT your problem)
5. Bad HDD; fried circuit board
6. Bad cable(s)
7. Data cable has half twist (Red Stripe on pin1 at one end, pin40 at the other end.
8. Bad onboard IDE function
9. Some basic incompatibilities among the HDDs and your PC.
10. One or more BENT pins - on HDD or mainboard

Suggest that you install the OLD HDD as the only IDE device on your PC and get it working then install the drive you want to copy to (maybe on the other cable), get that to work with the old HDD, save your files and put things back like they were. Very likely that the old HDD is FAT16 and W98 HDD is probably FAT32 meaning that you will need to boot to a FAT32 system to see both drives (a FAT16 OS like DOS 6.xx would call FAT32 "NONDOS Partition" because it doesn't recognize the FAT32 partition as a valid DOS partition) - that wouldn't affect BIOS detecting the drive.

If you need a DOS System that works with FAT32 volumes you can make one easily by formatting a floppy under W98 (format a:/s/u) and copying the utilities you need from c:\windows\command

You can make it as sophisticated as you like - everything fits on two bootable floppies; makes a neat DOS system on a HDD too - you can even include CD support!

Hope this helps,

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