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By dshine835 ·
Since the price of hard drive storage is so cheap, I will be installing a second hard drive on my Windows 98 computer. I will use the second HD to mirror some of the critical data on drive 1 (copying it to the second HD via Explorer and batch files). If my computer were to fail later on, would I be able to remove the second HD, install it on another Windows computer and retrieve the data. Or, would I replace the first HD (that failed) & then access the second HD as usual? (assuming the secondHD is undamaged). Thanks.

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by Berserker In reply to Data on Second hard Drive ...

If your first failed, you can bring the dsecond hd to any working computer to retrieve the data or you can make the second hard disk as the replacement and reinstall Windows 98 into it.

Actually, you can install Win98 on the second hard disk but & set it as slave. In case your first is bad, you still can get the second to boot into Windows as you have install Win98 previously.

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by rgrowcock In reply to Data on Second hard Drive ...

First off, I'm not sure that Windows 98 will support mirroring without some 3rd party software. I can obviously be wrong though.
The main question that I have for you is this, is the data that you want to mirror always changing? If it is just your main programs and settings that you want to save, try Norton's Ghost or Power Quest's Drive Image.
With Drive Image, you actually make an image of the drive you want and can actually burn it to a cd if it's not to big. This would be the easiest in my opinion, because if your main hdd failed. You replace it, and then restore from your image. With mirror sets, if the mirror is broken, i.e. 1 drive fails, you have a harder time restoring. You can also lose some data when the mirror tries to recreate itself.
Have you thought about running backup software on that critical data? If you are not already doing it, it would be a good idea to start. And in combination with either DI or Ghost, you would only have to restore from your last backup. Backups, depending on the software you use, can be set to automatically run, daily, weekly, or monthly.
I burn my backups to cd-rs because they are so cheap now. Of course that would depend on if you have a cd burner. I hope that in a round about way I answered your question. Roger

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to Data on Second hard Drive ...

In the event the first HD dumped and you want to recover the second's data, make sure that it is on another Win98 or 2000 machine, since they are the only ones that can read FAT32 partitions (Win95 and NT 4 do not).

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