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trying to save data from XP hard drive

by paulold / March 27, 2008 11:31 AM PDT

I came home today to discover a power outage killed my pc. It's a pc that was running Windows XP Media Center Edition, SP2. I'm hoping to salvage the data off the harddrive if it wasn't totally fried. My question: Would a computer running Windows 98 be able to read the harddrive that was in my XP pc, just enough to get the files off? I'm thinking I could convert my XP's internal harddrive into an external drive just long enough to grab the data off it. Possible? Thanks for your quick response!

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reply to: trying to save data from XP hard drive
by caktus / March 27, 2008 12:28 PM PDT

Certainly cannot hurt to try. Probably the only problem that may arise is the XP OS may not recognize the new hardware.


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Probably not. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 27, 2008 9:10 PM PDT

W98 uses a different file system. W98 uses FAT32 and XP uses NTFS. Only, maybe, if, possibly, a long shot, if the XP was installed using FAT32.

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reply to: Probably not. . .
by caktus / March 27, 2008 11:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Probably not. . .

Since it is on a separate HDD shouldn't it work regardless, assuming that the XP is finicky about being placed on a different computer w/o having first been uninstalled from the first computer?


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It is not impossible
by lacsr / March 27, 2008 9:44 PM PDT
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How about a mac?
by paulold / March 27, 2008 10:19 PM PDT
In reply to: It is not impossible

Actually, now I'm thinking I will try putting the harddrive into an external enclosure and use my Mac Book Pro to extract my files.

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That works too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2008 10:24 PM PDT
In reply to: How about a mac?

If the MacOSX is recent enough.

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Here is what you could do...
by megamannt92 / March 27, 2008 11:58 PM PDT

Well if the hard drive was not surged in the power could unplug the internal HD from your Win 98 computer and plug in your XP drive to that computer. If the drive boots to Windows XP you could get the files you need and upload them to a USB thumbdrive. If it won't boot, try to boot in safe mode by pressing F8 when your system first starts up.

If however, you are sure that your Windows XP filesystem is FAT32 you could access those files under Windows 98.

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