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Is it possible to recover lost data from a win98 system that will not boot

System will not boot.  HD is making some noises but system cannot get past Gateway splash screen.  Can iI use a bootit disk or something to get up and then some disk recover software of any kind?



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matriciiCommented:
You could, but the best solution for something of this nature is to remove the hard drive, put it into another computer as a slave, and then copy the information that you need to the othre hard drive.   When doing this, be sure to scan all data from the old hard drive that you copy over with a updated virus scanner.  This prevents any problems from occurring.

If it will not read in another computer, please repost and put the make and model of the HD so that I can give you the proper tools to diagnose it.
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nikpeglerCommented:
Problem here...you stated that it won't get past the Gateway screen, which indicates a BIOS failure.  Which in turn would indicate a new mobo & probably a new processor, so your hdd could be perfectly fine, just your mobo went out.

Niklaus
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matriciiCommented:
It's also possible that it's having problems detecting the hard drive itself...  Which you would want to try putting it into another computer first to see if the HD is bad or is it something else...
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nikpeglerCommented:
No, if it wasn't detecting the hdd, it would pass the Gateway screen and show an onscreen error about "Unable to find MBR" or "Invalid boot disk" or something along those lines.
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bob733Author Commented:
putting the hd in another system is difficult as it is a notebook system
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bob733Author Commented:
Also, on the BSOD, for 1 second I see something about Boot mbr
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matriciiCommented:
It wouldn't necessarily show a message about the HD if it hasn't been given enough time.  Sometimes it takes awhile to show the message as the BIOS tries over and over to recognize the HD.  It was never said that it was a notebook computer, he just stated Gateway.  Even if it was a notebook computer, it would still be easier, and in fact cheaper, to use a second computer and a enclosure kit instead of replacing other parts, as the objective is to get the information off of the HD.
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tpilgCommented:
A couple of things to try. When booting up have to tried to get into bios (esc or f1 etc). If you can, BIOS can often report on the health of the HD by reporting what it thinks its got. If you can, then the next step would be to make (from another machine) a Win98 boot disk. This would verify that the bulk of the MB and cpu and chips are working and that the HD is probably the cause. Trouble with XP, the HD won't be FAT so the boot disk won't let you see it. By these tests you would identify any probable broken components.
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catoaguilarCommented:
You may use some usb to 2.5 inch ide external adaptor like this

http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=39994

So, you can connect your laptop hard disk to another computer the same way you connect and use an usb memory stick
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nikpeglerCommented:
tpilg is on a roll here, but you can use a WinXP boot disk instead of a Win98 and you would then be able to maneuver through your NTFS file system hard drive.  Also since it is on a laptop, it would also be much easier to just put your drive in an external enclosure for the recovery process, as many people have mentioned above.  you should be able to find a winXP boot disc from http://www.bootdisk.com

Niklaus
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nikpeglerCommented:
OOps....he says in the message header that he's using Win 98....hehe :). Wow, teaches us to pay attention, huh?
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imacgoufCommented:
Hi

Try get a new 2.5" HDD and replace the faulty one.
Try get the System Restore CDrom if any that come with your notebook to create a new OS factory default to the harddisk or Get a WIN98 setup cd to resetup.
Get a External Casing either a USB or PCMCIA type

Get thsi software if you can
GetDataBack for FAT V3.01
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm
Use GetDataBack for FAT to recover files from drives with FAT12/16/32 file systems GetDataBack for FAT can be installed and runs under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.

Install the software which enable you to look for the disk in question and it will displays the files and folder in your old harddisk and you can then do the necessary data recovery to your new HDD.


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