Question about IBM Deskstar 75GXP (DTLA-307020) 20.6 GB Hard Drive

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Missing hard drive on a Win 98 computer / datarecovery ?

I have a locked up (non-activated win xp) hard disk, is there a way to recover the files ?

I installed another hard drive (with Win 98) as the master drive and the locked one as slave. BIOS detects both drives and by changing boot sequence even boots off of it, but the missing disk won't appear in My Computer in Windows..

I'm not sure how it was partitioned, either, could diving it into multiple partitions prevent Win 98 from detecting it ?

The HD is a DTLA-307030, not ...20, as in the description..

ps. i learned my lesson on illegal copies by now.. =/

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  • Andiew Jan 06, 2009

    So i found out it's because file system on the new one is NTFS (Win XP installed)..

    Any free programs to recover the files .. ?

  • Andiew Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks, i'll look for that : )


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The WinXP install must be using NTFS filesystem which win98 can not recignize.

If you can somehow get a Linux bootable CD like knoppix or DSL or even ubuntu, you run it, and the NTFS partition as well as the others will be mounted. And you can copy from the NTFS to another partition. And later format and re-install windows.

There are other way too, including using NTFS pro and readntfs and such utilites, which you can install in win98 and access the ntfs partition.

Download this:
http://www.ntfs.com/downloads/readntfs.zip

And install it. You will be able to read from the winxp (NTFS) partition, but not be able to write to the partition without buying the software. But you don't need to write to the winxp partition, just want to save the data to another partition, right?

HTH,
Deboo

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The best you can do is buy a small cable (+/-€ 10) IDE-USB. This cable lets you connect your IDE drive on a pc using USB.

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