win98 wont boot and I need my files

By RG11 ·
I have a win98 pc that wont boot, I cant get in. An error comes up and I also get a message to reinstall 98. how do I get my documents. I have an extra hard drive, win 98 and win xp os's on hand. Can I add the second hard drive, load an os, then copy my files from hard drive 1 to hard drive 2(new). What is the best way to do this.. I tried to reinstall win98 on top of the old version and when it reboots after copying files the errors come back up and halts installation.

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by zlitocook In reply to win98 wont boot and I nee ...

Win98 hard drive thats good then slave the bad one. If the drives not bad or if it is loaded with virus/malware I would scan it with removers first. Did you try booting into safe mode to see if you could find the problem?
Win 98 was the easyest O/S to work with and fix.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to win98 wont boot and I nee ...

set the old drive as a slave. add new drive as master install OS and copy files. win98 might be best to install.

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I suggest using a LiveCD to boot an OS

by Kiltie In reply to win98 wont boot and I nee ...

From there you can rescue your files, although I agree with checking for malware asap.

Here is a link to an earlier post, with some links:

If you are not comfortable with Linux, although the two I recommend are almost Windows like,

try the BartPE,

It has a very nice XP feel to it, and the File Manager will allow you to copy your files to your 2nd drive.

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