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Moving Win98 files to a WinXP computer

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Folks I have a very important issue at hand. My boss has quit and is moving onto another job. All of his files are on a windows 98se computer. I use a Windows XP computer. I had him copy all of his files onto my zip drive BUT I CANNOT GET THE FILES TO OPEN OR EVEN BE SEEN BY MY WINDOWS XP COMPUTER!!! THIS IS URGENT!!! His computer is using fat32 of course while mine uses NTFS... CAN ANYBODY TELL ME HOW I CAN GET THESE FILES TO OPEN IN WIN XP????????????????? THANKS FOR ANY AND ALL INPUT!

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stevenlewis earned 50 total points
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does your zip drive work on your xp box? can you read any files from any zip drives?
can you read his files on any other machine?
what error messaes do you get?
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by:CrazyOne
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Yeah agree with Steve that there either is something wrong with the drive or the zip disk.


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by:rid
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stevenlewis probably is on the right track. The ZIP uses drivers. Are your ZIP drivers working OK? The computer's file system doesn't come into this - I can fill a ZIP disk from my NT machine (NTFS) and read the disk on a win95 machine (FAT32), no problem.

First check that the files can be read from the ZIP drive on his computer. Then try the disk on another computer with a known working ZIP.

Make sure you are not having a 250MB/100MB disk confusion problem here. Older drives only handle 100MB disks.

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by:LRI41
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Forget the Zip Drive for now, Are they still on his computer and do you still have access to them and some
other way to transfer them.  If they are .txt or .doc files
you should not have any trouble opening them up, reading them and even editing them.  I transfered all of my old
files done on win95 and Win98 with office 97 to my new
computer with WinXP Home Edition and I used them all the
time without any difficulty.  Resent them as attachments, emails or get a cable or removable hard drive or someother
source to transfer them.

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by:Zoplax
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I agree with LRI41, this sounds to me like the best way to go.  
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by:duvall
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Turns out to have been a problem with the drive.

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by:stevenlewis
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duvall Glad You got it working
Steve
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