Recovering Win3.1 Data
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Tue Jan 13 16:56:39 CST 2015
On 01/13/2015 12:32 PM, Douglas Taylor wrote:
> In the mid-90's I had a Packard Bell computer that ran Windows for
> workgroups 3.11. The computer is long gone, but I saved the disk. It is
> a 420 MB Conner. I recently tried to recover the data by attaching it
> to one of those IDE/SATA to USB devices and read it under Windows7,
> didn't work.
> I am able to copy files to floppy, but the stuff I want to save won't
> fit on a floppy.
> I put the disk in an old PC and it will boot to DOS, it tries to start
> WIN3.1 but exits because of some missing sound card hardware.
> What is the path of least resistance here? Is linux any help?
Got another DOS machine? Boot both from floppy; use Laplink or
Interlink to transfer your files.
You could also try a comms package to transfer data via serial cable
(e.g. try Procomm).
If the original machine boots, there are many possibilities. I once did
a linkup with a system with NO serial or parallel ports (and an utterly
incompatible with anything floppy setup) by bit banging an LED on the
console and picking the bits up with a phototransistor connected to some
parallel port pins.
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