98 os drives not seen in xp os to transfer old drives data
I am trying to get the data off of drives i have in a computer that ran windows 98.I had a comp running windows 98 and was having a hard time booting itup so i decided to take the drives and put them in my new comp runningwindows xp. my current computerhas 3 drives one 232 system disk and two more in raid array. I had touse an ide cable to hook up the two drives from my old computer. thefound new hardwarewizard found the drives when i added them but when i open my computeicon it doesn't show the added drives. however when i run my diskeraser program it finds them but shows them as unformatted drives. ihave tried making them slaves and even setting one to master and one toslave. but no matter what i do my comp doesnt see them. i want to getthe data off of them and am not sure how to do this. my xp files arentsf is 98 a diferant file format? how can i get the data from the olddrives to my new drives?
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First and foremost, you should perform a COMPLETE back up of your computer's drive(s) to either CDs, DVDs, Thumb drive(s) or other external drive(s).
Only after you have done this, should you proceed. Microsoft offers an "Easy Transfer Wizard" but there are limitations of what it can do. The most significant of which is the INABILITY to move applications that were previously installed on the Windows XP machine. There is no program I know of that will move installed applications to a new computer and new OS. What it WILL do is move the DATA that was created by these programs; leaving you to reinstall the applications manually again in your new Windows 8 machine. It also moves your photos, music etc - but no applications.
This is not that difficult if you have a desktop. You can add the drives as secondary devices and then transfer your data. There are two types of drives IDE or SATA. You will have to confirm which type they are and if your motherboard in the desktop supports them. If you need additional help post back and I can guide you further.
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Remove (or take to your local computer shop) the Win 98 hard drive from the computer. Put this drive in an external USB drive enclosure. Plug this enclosure into a Windows XP vintage computer. Copy the data to this computer.
if its a very old game then it might still run on dos. dos is the old operating system. you could run two opperating sytems if you want to do that then read this that i found on runing two opperating sytems
First you need to ask yourself about the advantages and disadvantages of a dual boot system. Is a multiple OS setup really for you? Of course it is. And throughout this tutorial, you will find that it’s not as hard as you may have thought. Lets discuss the pros and cons of a multipleOS system:
It’s like having two computers in one. Different settings and appearances in each OS make them unique from each other. This can certainly help when you get bored with just one OS. And lets not forget how much we all loved Windows 98SE, it doesn’t have to sit on a shelf collecting dust.
It’s an “insurance policy”. We have all seen the Blue Screen Of Death, and most of us have seen the Computer Reaper in some form or another. Having two OSes insures against lost data. One fails, and the other one is still there waiting for you. This provides a level of protection that allows you to back up important files that would otherwise have to be retrieved by buying a separate drive and slaving your old drive to it, or slaving your drive to a buddy’s computer.
Reformatting is inevitable. It’s like your car’s oil change, It’s got to be done sooner or later if you don’t want hassles later on. A dual boot system provides the convenience of allowing you a time to reformat a drive. One OS goes south? No problem. You can still use your computer until it is convenient for you to do a reformat. No more staying up all night because your OS failed, and you just have to have your computer up and running the next day.
Software compatibility. Not only can you share programs between OSes, but you can still utilize those older ones that you love so much. How many of us have upgraded to a new OS like 2000/XP and said to ourselves “this ran better in my 98/ME system than it does now”? With a dual boot system, you can have all the functionality of a program, with the benefits of running it like “it used to run”. Pretty nice for those of us that are a little reluctant to change.
Hardware compatibility. How many of you have upgraded to 2000/XP only to find out your printer, CDRW, or other hardware is not supported? No sweat. If you prefer using your programs in 2000/XP, you can still save, then print or burn your work in the other OS. Saves you from having to upgrade and buy more hardware. You already paid enough for the new OS; and it’s like adding insult to injury when you discover your old, reliable hardware just doesn’t work the same or not at all in the new OS.
It’s cool. Everybody likes choices. Having 2, 3 or more OSes on your computer is a smart thing, and just plain cool.
Hard drive space. Yes, a second or third OS does take up valuable hard drive space, but compared to the level of personal security you get from a multiple OS system, it is really a moot point. Other than that fact, there are no disadvantages. You paid good money for 98/ME, and you paid good money for 2000/XP, why not use them both? You don’t just park your old car off to the side of your yard when you buy a new one, do you? Of course not. You trade it in (which is something you can’t do with an OS, unfortunately) or you utilize it as a second vehicle. *IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have 2000/XP installed as a single OS on your computer, you cannot revert back and install 98/ME with the Windows boot manager. Unless you have a separate drive, and follow these instructions provided so generously by our PCMECH friend, Hpro. You can with System Commander 7™, but we will get into that later. Also, unless you already have your drive partitioned into 2 partitions, you will either have to 1) Reformat, Fdisk, and reinstall 98/ME, or, 2) Obtain a copy of Partition Magic™, and run it’s partition utility (System Commander 7 comes with it’s own partition tool, which will be covered later in this article).
Now that you’ve made the choice to go with a multiple OS setup, lets get on to some basics. Every computer, no matter what OS is installed, has a “Master Boot Record” (MBR). This is located in the first partition of the first drive, AKA drive 0 (C:). Whether you have 1, 2, or 10 OSes, they all must start from the same place on drive 0 or C:. If you install a new drive and OS, then slave your old OS to your new drive/OS you aren’t going to accomplish anything, other than waste some disk space. That is because you have no set of instructions (MBR) telling your computer to boot to that hard drive. Unless you opt for a TRIOS, you HAVEto have a boot record for each OS, and it HAS to be on the first partition of drive 0. That’s just the way it is.
Every OS should have it’s own partition. Now it is possible to install 2000/XP on the same partition as 98/ME. But, you are going to have problems eventually. My first experiment in a dual boot was 98 and 2000. I messed up, and did NOT install 2000 on it’s own partition. Things worked great for a few months, then one day I just couldn’t boot up. What a headache.
Many Verbatim hard drive models with a FireWire interface come “Mac formatted” – pre-formatted for immediate use with Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS. They are formatted as HFS+, the preferred format when using the drive exclusively with Mac OS computers. Note: A Mac-formatted drive will not mount on a Windows PC. If you plan to use a Mac-formatted hard drive only with computers running Mac OS, you can leave it formatted as it comes from the factory. However, if you plan to use your hard drive with computers running Windows, or with both Mac OS and Windows computers, you should reformat your Verbatim hard drive before saving data to it. Generally, for use with both Mac OS and Windows you should format to FAT32, and for use strictly with Windows you should format to NTFS. More information about these two format types is given below. FAT32FAT32 is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista. FAT32 can also be read by Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS. Limitations: Maximum file size is limited to 4TB. Furthermore, using the formatting tools included with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users will not be able to create partition sizes larger than 32GB (though they can access these larger partitions). This limitation does not apply to other supported operating systems. Furthermore, Verbatim provides a FAT32 format utility (see further below for download instructions) that eliminates the 32GB partition limitation. FAT32 is a good choice if you’ll be using your Verbatim hard drive with older computers running Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, or Windows Me, or if you’ll be using it with both Windows and Mac OS computers. NTFSNTFS is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. NTFS usually results in higher performance than FAT32, and will permit users to create partition sizes larger than 32GB, and file sizes larger than 4TB. Limitations: NTFS is not compatible with Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, or Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS. NTFS is a good choice if you will be using your Verbatim hard drive only with one or more computers running Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Vista. This is also a good choice if you plan to store files larger than 4TB, such as digital video files.
You don' t say what OS or even type of computer (PC, Mac, Windows XP, 98, vista etc) you are running, or whether the drive has been used before. If it's a new drive then it probably needs formatting, so you can allow the OS to do that. If it contains data that you need then DO NOT allow the OS to format it.
If you know it is formatted & contains data, then it sounds like the OS is not recognising the format. Windows 98 typically won't recognise NTFS disks formatted on Windows XP for example or Linux Ext3/4 format disks won't be recognised by Windows. In the latter case, you can download a free driver which will do that for you - google Ext 4 and Windows.
By connecting the camera to a computer with the provided USB cable,
images on a card can be transferred to the computer. Some OS's (operating
systems) may need a special setup when connecting to the camera for the
first time. Follow the chart below. For details on the procedures in the chart,
refer to the “Reference Manual” on the CD-ROM and the “Software
Installation Guide” (included in the CD-ROM package).
Identifying the OS
Windows 98/98 SE
Mac OS 9.0 - 9.1/OS X
*OS 8.6: See below.
Connecting the camera to a computer using the provided USB cable
Installing the USB
driver for Windows 98
Confirming the computer recognizes the camera
Downloading image files
Disconnecting the USB cable
Even if your computer has a USB connector, data transfer may not function correctly if
you are using one of the operating systems listed below or if you have an add-on USB
connector (extension card, etc.).
● Windows 95/NT 4.0
● Windows 98/98 SE upgrade from Windows 95
● Mac OS 8.6 or lower (except Mac OS 8.6 equipped with USB MASS Storage support
1.3.5 installed at the factory)
● Data transfer is not guaranteed on a home-built PC system or PCs with no factory
You can view images using: graphics applications that support the JPEG
file format (Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, etc.); Internet browsers (Netscape
Communicator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, etc.); CAMEDIA Master
software; or other software. For details on using commercial graphics
applications, refer to their instruction manuals.
The problem is with the actual key that you are using. Not your
computer, or the components inside of it. If you are certain that you
are using a valid key Its likely that you have a a key for windows
home, and you are trying to install windows professional, or visa
versa... Either way, If all else fails, you could replace the OS (
Buy or download) much easier than the hardware inside your computer.
Basically your computer is fine, just get a valid OS. If your adventurous try ubuntu.