My client asked me to get the programs and data from an old PC. Its an old 386/486 that defines the tracks, sectors and cylinders in the bios. (an IDE drive with no partition table). I tried connecting its drive via USB to a newer PC, but none of the data is visible using windows 7, Windows XP, DOS 6.22, Hiren's boot disk, etc. on the newer PC, probably because there is no partition table. Its too much data (over 30gb) to try to copy with 750kb or 1.4mb diskettes and those PCs don't have CD drives.
I was able to get a sector by sector image copy to a USB drive -- And plan to try to restore it to a newer drive, but I doubt that will solve anything -- since it will probably restore without a partition table.
Many years ago I used to have all sorts of great DOS based tools for this sort of thing. Some may still exist in my basement or one of the software archive sites, but at my age, I don't remember which to use or how they worked. I'm guessing an old pre-Windows XP might be able to read this data and be able to write to a partitioned drive (I don't believe those old versions knew about USB).
Any help would be much appreciated.