Recovering Win3.1 Data

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at
Tue Jan 13 18:17:36 CST 2015

What about using a CF Card adaptor and CF Card? Would that work?
Alternatively stick an ISA network card in the machine (NE2000 clone
preferably, and I think some of these come with 10BaseT) and then boot the
DOS TCP/IP client. If the machine will boot from floppy it is also possible
to make a bootable GHOST disk that will make a ghost image over the network.
Failing that you could use the KA9Q TCP/IP software and FTP the files

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Subject: Re: Recovering Win3.1 Data

Depending on the BIOS, you could attach a drive with an IDE (host
facing) to SATA connector and a small drive to the system.  This probably
would have to go to a second IDE port, so both could be independent of each

Image the 420mb drive to the SATA drive, and remove it.


On 1/13/2015 3:29 PM, Mouse wrote:
>>> If the original machine boots, there are many possibilities.  I once 
>>> did a linkup with a system with NO serial or parallel ports ([...]) 
>>> by bit banging an LED on the console and picking the bits up with a 
>>> phototransistor connected to some parallel port pins.
>> I hate to think how long it would take to transfer a 400MB drive 
>> using that $
> Don't forget, with a technique like that there is no need to limit it 
> to (eg) serial-port speeds; the limitations will be the software on 
> each end, the response time of the LED, and the response time of the 
> phototransistor; these might well permit megabit-plus rates.
> 420MB at one megabit, unrealistically assuming no framing or error 
> loss (ECC, retransmit, whatever), is under an hour.  Cut the speed to 
> 100Kb and double the data for framing and error loss, and my 
> calculation says 19.57+ hours, still less than a day.
> I don't know about the original poster, but I wouldn't consider that 
> out of the question at all.
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