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#1 dwcraig

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 11:20 AM

found a bunch of old floppies that my ex-wife used and am wondering what if any program can recover the data. I mounted the disks for her years back using win 98. I have a 3.5 disk drive in my computer but am running XP. Does anyone know of a good program that i can use or is XP able to do it?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 11:27 AM

It doesn't matter what file system you are using, you should be able to read the files just fine.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:03 PM

It doesn't matter what file system you are using, you should be able to read the files just fine.



that's what i thought..but it keeps trying to get me to format the disks which i know will delete the data..i found a program that lets you trail recovery but it doesnt let you view the whole file unless u buy it.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:04 PM

You can try Recuva to attempt to retrieve otherwise unrecoverable data: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

thanks for the help..ill try it out..i was wrong bout what i said as to the sys...i get this in a read file on the ones i can access


This disk was compressed using DriveSpace 3, which requires Windows 95.

To use this disk, you must first mount it. To mount it:

1. Run DriveSpace by choosing Run from the Windows 95 Start menu,
and then typing DRVSPACE.

2. In DriveSpace, click the drive that contains this disk,
click the Advanced menu, and then click Mount.

(If this file is located on a drive other than the physical drive
that contains the disk, then the compressed drive is already mounted).

To automatically mount all available compressed drives, click the
Advanced menu, click Settings, and then check the "Automatically mount
new compressed drives" box.

IMPORTANT: To mount and use this compressed disk, you must be running
Windows 95 and DriveSpace 3.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, you failed to mention the files were compressed. To the best of my knowledge your only choice is to uncompress them on a system running Windows 95 or 98

Edited by Allan, 01 March 2011 - 12:21 PM.





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