hard drive glitch...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Swi, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Hi everyone, I really need your help for this one... I have an hdd with Win98se that I wanted to upgrade to winXP without formating. So I started the installation but the XP installer did not recognised the partition and the only choice I had was to format my drive. Before doing that i wanted to backup the data in it to another hdd. So I plugged the hdd on my computer (with XP already on) and tried to access to the old hdd but it sayed that "The drive is not formated, would you like to format it?" So basically, I cannot acces to the data in it...
    Is there a way to access to this data before formating it? any software that can read data without readint the FAT table or something like that?

    Thanks!!

    PS: If i loose the diablo character of my gf, i'm doomed! :eek:

    edit: If possible, something free would be appreciated
     
  2. Bretenn

    Bretenn Guest

    wat? plug hdd with xp on?? what do u mean?
    just plugged the hdd to slave and then access it...
    btw did u enable the hdd in bios??
     
  3. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    basically, I have plugged a slave hdd which I cannot access any data in it (because XP says it must be formated). also, in win explorer i can see the drive(there's a drive letter assigned)
    BIOS stuff is OK
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    :D

    so, your xp machine doesn't recognize the fat32 partition on the win98 harddrive? you sure the xp installation didn't already format it or delete the partition? is the win98 comp still able to boot from it?
     
  5. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Re: Re: hard drive glitch...

    Exactly, but I'm pretty sure it is not a fat/ntsf incompatibility. I think the partition has been scrwed up during the installation

    During the XP installation (which crashed), I didn't choose to format the drive nor deleting the partition?

    Nop, I can't boot from win98 cause the XP installation crashed in the middle so there's no OS properly installed
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    Re: Re: Re: hard drive glitch...

    hmm.. well, with a win98 bootdisk, can you get to dos and access your original "C:\"? if so, type "dir" and make sure the right files and folders are there.

    if you can see everything, lemme know. we'll take it from there. if you can't, then the partition is screwed. you might be able to recover it with partition magic or somethiung, but i never use it, so i'm not sure.
     
  7. Bretenn

    Bretenn Guest

    now i get what u mean...
    do u say that u try to upgrade to xp but during installation it failed?

    if so, i heard from other site that it will really causing problem and the only way they all do is reinstall again...

    there are many software out there like lost&found symantec, norton utilities+++ (never tried b4...)

    and btw did u try to convert from fat32 to ntfs during the upgrade (installation)? if so, i think it had screw the file system.
     
  8. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Good news, I can see my stuff using a win 98 boot disk...
    Can I use Partition magic to recover the data?

    BTW taurus, where is elk grove?
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    if you can see your stuff via the bootdisk, that means your fat or fat32 partition is intact. in which case, you won't need a program like partition magic. i honestly can't explain why xp can't see the contents of the drive. :huh:

    anyone else want a crack at it?
     
  10. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Hum, what a pleasure it will be to transfer 12gig with floppy disks! :confused:
     
  11. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Latest news... Partition Magic 7 cannot open the partition...:mad:
     
  12. Bretenn

    Bretenn Guest

    how bout reinstall win98 again on that hd? it may works tho...
    hmm... weird xp!
     
  13. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, that was my next suggestion.
     
  14. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    in partition magic, I can convert the partition to "logical drive" (see enclosed pic). Is there any chance to loose my data using that?
     
  15. kitct

    kitct Guest

    I use PM7 all of the time.I don't thik that is the answer. I would suggest you try installin 98 again first. At the start of the install it will ask if you want to use new files or "existing files".Choose that.It will fix you boot and default files while leavin your exitin progs and data intact.Has worked for me several times anways. ;)
     
  16. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    Will try that this morning.
    I'll let you know if it worked

    Thx!
     
  17. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    latest news...
    Win98 installation did not work... Scandisk found crossed files (boot.ini and a temp XP folder $drvltrs$ or something like that) and made the repair.
    Then, after the Install shield loaded up, an error message said that there was partition problem...
    so i'm back at the beginning... any other suggestions?

    In the mean time, I'll try to find a FAT32 hd to transfer my data with the win98 bootdisk.
     
  18. Bretenn

    Bretenn Guest

    how about delete the xp temp folder... and try reinstall windows 98 again? or install in different partition on ur harddisk (if more than 1 partition)?
     
  19. ntentz

    ntentz FingerBanger

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    I had a similiar problem i used a bootdisk and xcopy to copy the files from one hd to another.took some time and ever changed soem file names to the 8.3 format but least i still have them.hope this helps.
    don
     
  20. Swi

    Swi gningnegneur

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    that's what I've started to do this morning... i think i'll use a compression command (like pkzip) to keep long filename

    Thanx for helping me out anyway!