Hard Drive Failure - recover files?

Posted on 2002-07-11
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
System is a Win98 that was showing one bad cluster.  However, at boot up, Win98 screen appears then crashes.  I attempted to do a scandisk at dos level, but machine freezes at 20%.  I can get to a C Prompt and run DIR - how can I recover lost .doc and .wks files?  Any chance of recovering programs?

Question by:Cert98
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ID: 7147251
Put the drive in another computer...  Boot the other computer up and try to copy what you can from the "mucked" drive to the good one.

Don't grab all of the files at once.. just grab the folders one by one until it hangs on you... reboot and don't copy that folder just move to the next.

Also get a new drive...

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ID: 7147258
Oh programs won't copy over... just grab your save's, doc's, etc.. and reinstall the programs... if you don't have the install disks you won't be able to reload the programs.

Author Comment

ID: 7147384
Thanks for the input - what I need is the directions on how to copy the .doc files and if possible the windows favorite files from the C prompt.  The system already has a second drive installed - possible to copy over to that drive?  instead of a floppy? I am planning on replacing the first drive.

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Just copy them over like normal... using the windows explorer..

(Type "explorer" in the Run command box)

The favorites will be in...


The files are wherever you saved them

"c:\my documents" ???

Expert Comment

ID: 7147453
Doh!!! Need to read the whole q before answering...

Yes, just copy them to the other drive don't need the floppy at all...

Author Comment

ID: 7147476
System will not boot passed the Windows 98 - I can't even
get it to boot into safe mode.  But I can get to a C Prompt and type in Dir/w and see all the files.  I guess the bad clusters are all at the beginning of the drive.
I know there is a dos command to let me copy over the files to either a floppy or the other drive. ??? Something like copy*.*.doc    ?????  

Accepted Solution

ketapillar earned 800 total points
ID: 7147816
when your in dos...

copy c:\directory\*.* d:\newdir\

if your in the directory and want to copy all files within the directory to the new directory type

copy *.* d:\newdir\

*NOTE* you do have to create the directory first...
md d:\newdir

would place all files within c:\directory into d:\newdir

md makes a directory
cd changes directory

type help to see list of commands also type 'commandname /?' to get further help on the commands

as in 'copy /?' would display help about the copy command...

if this is too much to do... or you feel uncomfortable with the command prompt unplug the bad drive (cable & power, you can still leave it in the pc just unplug it) then install windows to your good drive (your going to have to do this anyway unless your going to put windows on the new drive)

once you have win98 up turn off your pc and connect the bad drive back up.

actually check your bios (hit delete to enter setup... hit delete) browse the options and find your boot device priority.. should be options of 'hdd-0', 'hdd-1', 'floppy', 'cd-rom' etc... choose 'hdd-1' instead of 'hdd-0' then install windows.

Don't mess with any other commands unless you know what your doing you could royally mess it up (but you could always just reset the bios, normally by a jumper)

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