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Burn/Recover/Hard drive/Win98 Fat32.

by DADSGETNDOWN / July 9, 2009 2:49 PM PDT

Not sure which forum to really post this in.
I am hoping for some input on which way I should go.
I have a couple hard drives (60GB),(FAT32) from long ago, that got a virus and ate the boot sector, I ended up using a AVG rescure disk and scanned them, it found some things and deleted them or fixed or quarantines can't remember now, it was from a floppy disk.
I could in dos mode see all the files in my documents as they were scanned that I want to save.
So I am hoping I can navigate to them also.
Anyway, I have a computer running only WIN98SE, VERY small HDD(Crud can't remember, 15 or 30 GB,) ( and I have one running only WINXP Home (NTFS).
I want to hook the drives up as secondary or whatever, and burn the files that I can find to CD.
So what are some good options, AND Precuations.. ? as in hopefully not infecting the other computer and such.
Juts hook up the "bad" drive to my Win98 Computer and start with a full scan after it boots ? I am now using AVAST!4.
Then see if I can find the files. IF the drive is even found and or navigateable ofcourse.
or install WInXP (in FAT 32, I guess, ?) as a second OS on that computer ?
I also have the decision to make of what buring program see, my NERO 5, or 1 of the Freebies like CD BurnerXP, I would like to use my Portable app burning software but Apparently it will not run on my WIN 98, even though I can run other programs right from the USB flash drives.
Well I will stop here because I tend to give alot of choices and information.
Hope fully someone understands where I am at .:)

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Re: hard drive
by Kees Bakker / July 9, 2009 5:28 PM PDT

No problems here, I think,

Just mount the disk as secondary disk on any of your two machines, or put it in an external USB-enclosure (that will only connect to your XP-machine). Then use your favorite file manager and/or burning tool for that machine to copy the files to your OS hard disk and/or burn them to CD or DVD.


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by DADSGETNDOWN / July 10, 2009 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: hard drive

So I have the one computer I use most, it ONLY has WINPXP Home (NTFS).
I can hook the old WIN98 (FAT32) as a secondary to that one and I should be able to read the file system and files ?.
I thought I wouldn't be able to, but maybe that is under other conditions.

PS. what is this "External USB Enclosure" ?.
Does it have a plug that takes my old hard drive which is what IDE and turn it into a "External USB Drive" ?
If so where do I get that ?.

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Re: hard disk
by Kees Bakker / July 10, 2009 6:11 PM PDT
In reply to: WinXP (NTFS)

Yes, your XP computer will be able to read a FAT32 disk.

An 'external enclosure' or 'case' is a box you put your disk in, then connect to your USB or FireWire connector on the PC. Every computershop has them. If not for permanent use, but one-time, you can use a cable also: google USB IDE CABLE to find them. Prices are comparable, but a cable is easier to use.


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