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#1 zbo2

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:26 PM

I have an old Compaq SLT lap top that doesn't work... the hard drive is still good, the internal clock battery went bad and it's not changeable  .... I would like to try to access that hard drive to be able to use an old program that I have on there. the oldest computer that I have is Pentium based and runs windows 98. I have been unsuccessful in trying to "plug" that hard drive in and being able to access it. windows 98 doesn't recognize it. I have a little computer background only because I have been using them since about 85 or so but am not sure how to proceed other than going on eBay and trying to purchase (crap shoot) a working dos computer.... any suggestions?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:40 PM

Hello, and Welcome

You said you could not plug in the drive. I can't say for sure if it would work but you might want to use a USB IDE/SATA adapter like this.  I have used one like it to pull data from a bare drive. You should be able to access the drive from a computer with a USB port.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:37 PM

sorry.... plug it in I did.... getting a response I didn't.... I did try that device with no success..... it seems like there is a language problem with the newer computers not being able to see the older drive. not sure if that's the problem for sure, but that's what i'm thinking.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:53 PM

Does Windows detect the drive when plugged in? Even if the drive is Dos, it still should be detected.  If it is detected, you could run a diagnostic on the disk to see if has failed Download Gsmartcontrol and run the scan.


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