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Installing old partitioned hard drive in another computer

by jobtraklite / March 13, 2008 4:16 AM PDT

An old question that has been asked and answered many times, but with a kicker

SCENARIO: I want to install a Seagate Barracuda (ultra) ATA V 120 GB 7200 RPM hard drive from a Medion MD1100 windows XP machine, whose motherboard died, into a generic Windows 98, 2nd Ed. machine with two IDE/ATA connectors on the motherboard, in order to recover the data.

THE KICKER: the Seagate Barracuda was partitioned into 3 partitions. C: contained Windows, applications, and data; D: contained a backup of all the data I want to recover; and E: was used by the Windows recover feature.

RESULTS: I've installed the Seagate every which way, primary slave, secondary master, secondary slave, and even primary master. In every case the system recognized the drive as expected; and with the exception of the last case (which of course Windows XP didn't like), only the "RECOVER" partion shows up in "My Computer" as DRIVE D:

QUESTION: Is there any way to make either the original C: OR D: partitions available?

FACTOID: when I do a "properties" on both the C: (existing) and D: (recently installed) drives, I see that both file systems are FAT32. I can't be sure, but I suspect it was NTFS on the old failed XP system.

Thank you

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Most likely the old drive ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 13, 2008 4:41 AM PDT

was formatted with the NTFS file system. Windows 98 cannot read an NTFS file system without third party software.

Paragon has such (runs $79.00):

Brothersoft offers diskinternals free NTFS reader:

Avira offers NTFS4DOS (free for non-commercial use):

An even better solution is to take advantage of a Linux Live CD to boot the system then read the NTFS partitions and write the data to USB or the Win 9x harddrive. Knoppix is always a good choice and here is a link that pretty much steps you through using it for recovering data.

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by jobtraklite / March 13, 2008 9:50 AM PDT

Can I assume from your answer that if I install the NTFS drive in a Windows XP Professional system, I will be able to see all partitions. If so, you've solved my problem.

Thanks for the quick reply.

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by dhrwfan / March 13, 2008 4:00 PM PDT
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Can I assume from your answer that if I install the NTFS drive in a Windows XP Professional system, I will be able to see all partitions. If so, you've solved my problem.

Some partitions still may not be visible.

I always find the partition not showing and change it's setting from "hide" to "unhide{visible}" and then you see it in "My Computer".

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Getting data
by Willy / March 13, 2008 9:49 PM PDT

IMHO, because, you're running a win98 based system it won't see the XP(NTFS) based one plus having multiple partitions doesn't help. You're best bet is having access to a XP based system then trying to get the data. If for the sake of last resort, use an ext. USB HD case to mount old HD, then again under a XP based system to access data that way. Under XP, you may have to claim ownership under XP's disk management to access the HD. I wouldn't trust any win98 results for HD properties as it can't see properly because it doesn't know about NTFS and may report false. Leave win98 out of it and go XP.

tada -----Willy Happy

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