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Hey guys,

I'm trying to salvage some info from an old laptop hard drive from 1994. It
was used under Win 3.1. I managaed to buy a converter and get it hooked up to my machine correctly, but when I try and access it via My Computer in Win
XP Pro, there is only one available file. (Some weird log txt file from 1998). I have no way of getting into any of the other files and folders. They just don't come up at all. Disk properties tells me that there is 220 Mb in us
e on the drive.

Is all that information on the drive in a format that Windows XP Pro can't read? Trying to access it through the command prompt yields the same results.

Let me know, glad you can help.

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I will stick my neck out and say you would do better trying to access the 3.1 hard drive from a win 98 machine

your old hard drive is formated under fat16 / i dont believe winxp can read fat16 ???? but win 98 can

if you dont know anyone running a win 98 machine / maybe you have another old drive laying around that you could load win 98 on ?????? I keep one laying around just for such issues / although it gets taken out of the drawer less and less

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If memory serves correct, xp can read fat16, fat32 and NTFS partitions (backward compatability). When XP is installed (at least if upgrading from 3.1, 95,98), it will give you a choice of partition types, depending on the drive size. the difference being the amount of disk space wasted by minimum file sizes in each of the 3 file systems.

If I'm wrong, there is a "convert.exe" supplied with xp which will convert from fat 16 to NTFS.

Have you tried booting up the laptop drive into 3.1 by making the laptop drive the first boot device?
 

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I managaed to buy a converter and get it hooked up to my machine correctly
What are the details here? Is this an external (usb) drive, or an adapter that plugs into the IDE connector.

Reason I ask is the latter may need to be set in bios as a second drive and the hdd pins may need a jumper to set it as a slave.

What is the make and model of the drive?
 
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