Get data from a PATA drive by connecting it to another PC.

Really hoping someone can help me here. I have a pretty bog standard pc running windows xp. I have a hard drive from an old pc running windows 98 and need to connect it to my pc and get some files from it. I have connected it to the motherboard in the blue PATA connection and used the power wire from my CD-ROM drive which splits into two. I cannot get my pc to recognise the drive and when I try other things it boots the drive as if it were the old pc. I'm ont that great with the techy side of computers so all help would be appreciated. I have tried to get at the data using usb sticks but never manage to get windows 98 to recognise them so thought i should pull out the hard drive and try connecting it to my xp pc.
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  1. www.powerdatarecovery.com

    Check this program which may help and it is free.
  2. Win 98 is terrible when it comes to USB. Most everthing requires it's own usb driver.

    If you hook your drive up to the blue pata, make sure the IDE is turned on in the bios. Also make sure the first boot drive in your bios is set to your current XP drive.
  3. If you can't find specific Win98 drivers, you could always use Maximus Decim's universal USB mass storage driver set:
    http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php

    AFAICT, it uses Win ME components to provide support for USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 host controllers and USB mass storage devices.

    Alternatively, try this universal driver:
    http://www.wintricks.it/faq/usbpen98.html
    http://www.wintricks.it/download/wtgenusb.zip

    This Usenet post may be helpful:
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion/msg/dcdfc84e7e2ce6d5

    BTW, if your computer is an older one, then check whether your hardware has a USB 2.0 host controller. Look for an Enhanced Host Controller in Device Manager. At USB 1.1 speeds it might take several days to transfer the data off your hard drive.
  4. fzabkar said:
    If you can't find specific Win98 drivers, you could always use Maximus Decim's universal USB mass storage driver set:
    http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php

    AFAICT, it uses Win ME components to provide support for USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 host controllers and USB mass storage devices.

    Alternatively, try this universal driver:
    http://www.wintricks.it/faq/usbpen98.html
    http://www.wintricks.it/download/wtgenusb.zip

    This Usenet post may be helpful:
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion/msg/dcdfc84e7e2ce6d5

    BTW, if your computer is an older one, then check whether your hardware has a USB 2.0 host controller. Look for an Enhanced Host Controller in Device Manager. At USB 1.1 speeds it might take several days to transfer the data off your hard drive.


    He's running XP. He just wants to add an old win98 drive.
  5. OP

    If the new system will boot from the old drive, then the old drive is probably not damaged or highly corrupt. Please
    If you happen to have the old system up and running, open Properties for the partition in question ( C : ? ) and especially the volume's format (FAT, NTFS, FAT32)
    Interrupt the BIOS boot process and make sure that your new system drive runs ahead of your old system drive.
    Let us know what BIOS shows for the two drives.
    Boot off the new system drive
    Let us know what XP shows for the old drive in both Disk Manager (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Manager tab) and if you open Explorer and show the contents of My Computer.

    With this information, we can determine what you may need to do to read the files from XP.

    I also have a heretical suggestion. If you just want to recover some files, boot to 98 and, if you can see your new drive (I have forgotten whether or not 98 supports NTFS), just copy the files you need to the new drive while 98 is running. You get your files without doing any troubleshooting, if you are in a hurry.
  6. @Hawkeye22,

    AIUI, the OP would prefer to attach a USB stick to his/her Windows 98 box and transfer his/her files that way.
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