Recovering W2K HD
Posted on 2004-08-08
Here's a fun one.
Scenario: I have this machine running W2K in a 120Gb HD (FAT32). I decide to upgrade the MoBo and processor, so I swap the old ones with these newer combo and set up to assemble the box back together. Yup, you guessed, a Stop error occurrs. Some research at Microsoft.com tells me about HAL, etc etc. So I grab this old 40Gb HD, put it in the box as Primary Master and reinstall W2K. Then I hook up the 120Gb HD as a Slave hoping to access all my data there (although by now I know I'll have to reinstall my software, all 60 apps, bummer). No luck, W2K won't cooperate. CMOS can see it but not W2K. I try to hook it up as a Secondary Master and a Secondary Slave. No cigar. Way to go Microsoft.
I figure, if I can manage to access the 120Gb hard drive somehow and delete (or rename) the WINNT folder I may be able to access the rest of the data in there.
So the question is: Is there a utility that will run on W2K and that will allow me to see the contents of a second HD which also contains an installation of W2K?