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Accessing data from an old hard drive?

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September 20, 2006 9:39:49 PM

I have an old hard drive that i'd like to possibly access some data from (like old music files and such), but i do not know how to. It is a Maxtor Ultra DMA hard drive disk back from 1998 or so, with a capacity of 4.3 gigs! Anyway, I would just like to know whether or not i can retreive data from it without reformatting it . What should i do? I'd greatly appreciate anyone's advice because I am not very tech saavy. Thanks!
September 20, 2006 10:19:13 PM

Does this drive have an OS on it?
September 20, 2006 10:24:57 PM

Yes, this drive used to be the master drive with Win '98 installed on it.
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September 20, 2006 10:45:08 PM

Um, just stick it in a machine and move the data off of it. What am I missing here?
September 20, 2006 11:17:46 PM

I installed the drive into my computer, but when i try to access it, it says, "this drive has not been formatted. Would you like to format now?" So what do i do now?
September 20, 2006 11:21:47 PM

You shouldn't have a problem.
September 21, 2006 12:13:11 AM

Okay I think i got it... i've been doing more researching. Apparently i did not set the jumpers to slave correctly... so i'll do that, and i should be good.
September 21, 2006 12:47:35 AM

OK sweet, i got it to work. I just had to remove the jumper from the back. Thanks for taking the time to help me out PCcashcow and Pain, i appreciate it. I'm running a virus scan on the drive and it has already found 16 trojan horses (didn't have a antivirus back then)!
September 21, 2006 12:33:22 PM

Good Luck with those Trojans!
September 21, 2006 1:26:45 PM

I installed one of these in an older computer just for that reason,
Linky thingy :) 
Just watch your jumper, mine setup for slave, love it for check and getting data from "other" HD's.