How can I get data off a corrupted Sony Vaio?
Posted on 2004-10-25
I am at my wits end with this one, so points for whoever can give me a hint that will lead to an answer.
Sony Vaio ultra small (ultra irritating) laptop. Windows Me - has died and cannot get in to Windows at all (after much registry recovery and stuff it boots to a white screen (even in safe mode)). So resigned to rebuilding the machine but I need to get the users data off. And to help me I have at my disposal:
1. A machine that boots to DOS and can access HDD and FDD.
2. A PCMCIA CD drive (not CD-RW) unrecognised in DOS, and Sony's own DOS drivers won't work.
3. One USB port (that the FDD is in). I have tried DUSE USB drivers to see if I can get a USB drive recognised so I can transfer files off onto that, but recognises drive and then says 'failed to work'.
4. Have a Belkin PCMCIA 10/100 network card with DOS drivers for Netware/Lanmanager and WFW but can't remember how on earth to get Lanmanager to talk to Windows 98/2000 or XP networking.
5. Just to make this easy, the laptop has NO serial and NO parallel ports (just in case you thought LAPLINK like I did for about 20 ms).
6. There is a SONY memory stick onboard, but of course no DOS drivers.
7. Can't take the HDD out and install it in another laptop as SONY ultra-small laptop = ultra proprietry connection and impossible to reach drive.
What I need is a utility that either allows me to use the USB port with a flash drive (like DUSE but actually works), or some PCMCIA utility to get networking on the Belkin card. ANY IDEAS ANYONE????