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.
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.