Very old Gateway2000 4DX2-66 (Win98) (use it to send programs to robotic welder.) Need to retrieve file to send to vendor. Bad floppy, no rec. CD drive, or network card. Thought easy thing to do would be remove drive, connect to my USB To IDE & SATA Cable & plug into my Windows 7 laptop (seemed to work with other drives in past.) Got message device is ready to use, but no drive letter in my comp. Opened Computer Mgt>Disk Mgt, got Message "Initialize Disk", left default at MBR, clicked OK, got pop up from Virtual Disk Mgr: request could not be performed because of I/O device error. Now when I put the drive back in the Gateway, get message no OS found. HDD is WD Caviar 2700, 730MB. Tried various utilities (Recuvu, MiniTool Partition, MiniTool Power Rec, and finally Find and Mount. I know I made the ultimate IT mistake by rushing through the procedure, but it's somewhat crucial I get the 98 machine running, or at the very least get the robotic program files. Did the initialize disk wipe the drive? I've seen yes and no while searching the web. Can anybody make any suggestions? If there is no utility, does it even pay to have a disk recovery company look at it? Very desperate.
Thank you in advance,