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windows 98 install problems

By mbourquin1990 ·
Okay so I had a drive formatted into 3 sections, 2 were primary. The other is a 7 gigabyte logical drive which had a windows xp installation on it and most of my files.

I connected a 3 gigabyte as a slave drive to the master drive I just described and used a windows 98 cd to install windows on this drive. I told it not to mess with any other windows installations and intall. When the install was complete I thought everything was fine but when I tried getting into windows xp it didnt work. What I found out was that windows 98 had converted the NTFS logical drive into a FAT32 primary somehow and all my there had weird names and I couldnt move them because when I did the computer said they werent there.

Is there anything I can do to get my files back?

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by TheVirtualOne In reply to windows 98 install proble ...

There are only 2 kinds of computer users in this world! the ones who have lost data and the ones who will.

The good news is that...
YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECOVER YOUR DATA!

The bad news is that...
YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECOVER YOUR DATA!

There are programs that may help you. but honestly I wouldn't try them at this point unless you are willing to guarantee that you don't care about the data.

Partition Magic allows you to convert an NTFS partition back to FAT32, but there is a reason that Partition Magic is not so lovingly referred to as "Partition Tragic". Often conversions simply fail, or worse, destroy data.

The best option is to contact a company like DriveSavers.com but this can cost thousands.

Next Time, BACK UP!

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