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Removed HD from 98 Machine ... Need Advice


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#1 347t2xw

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:12 PM

We had a computer we purchased in 1999 finally quit working a few months ago. I purchased a IDE to USB 2.0 adaptor. My XP computer reads the hard drive ... but the funny thing is, the information on it stops being saved in Aug. 2006. My daughter, who used the computer most, claims she saved stuff up until April of this year. Does anyone know how I might be able to find it?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:49 PM

Well...there is a possibility that the CMOS battery ran down at some point.

When that happens, the system clock is reset to the wrong date and time...the user/owner must change it or it will remain incorrect. Then the date stamps on all files moved or changed will be incorrect.

Happened to me (I was unaware that the date had changed in the BIOS) :thumbsup:.

I'd like to say "not likely" but it can happen.

You can compare the created date of system files and other files. If no system files were created after a given date, that is highly unlikely (due to security updates).

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Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2009 - 08:50 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:49 PM

Is the Aug 2006 date based on the created/modified dates on the files, or on knowing that work from after that date is not there?

If the clock in the Win98 system was wrong, files could have been saved with the wrong date recorded - you'd need to examine the contents of files to see if it is actually stuff saved last year.

If there is definitely files missing from after April 2006, then a file recovery program such as Recuva or PC Inspector could be installed onto the XP computer and used to see if missing or deleted files can be recovered from the drive.

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#4 347t2xw

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:19 PM

I think we can close this issue. I took a hard drive out of the wrong machine.

Thanks for the advice!

Edited by 347t2xw, 08 January 2009 - 09:49 PM.





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