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Windows 98 reformatted drive

By Welby ·
I have a person who had Windows 98 on a computer and it was running slow. They decided to put a second hard drive in and installed the OS (Windows 9 on it. Then for some reason, on the old hard drive - they deleted Command.com. There is data on that old drive that needs to be copied. Can command.com just be copied from the new drive - to the old drive? Or is there some way to get to this drive? When I try to access it in windows 98, the error "this drive has not been formatted - would you like to format now" pops up.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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by Boricua65 In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

Have you checked to see if the new drive is a master and old a slave?

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by jschein In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

"this drive has not been formatted - would you like to format now" pops up." - They've done something more than remove the command.com file... more like ran a format or fdisk and possibly stopped it in the process...

You will need to use a 3rd party recovery program to get any information off of that drive if you are lucky.

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by Welby In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

The drives are setup properly in respect to Master\Slave -- it's just that one of them is missing the Command.com - and I need to get data off of that drive. I just need a way to get data off of a drive that is missing Command.com

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by Welby In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

I'll have to double check with the guy - but he told me - all he did was delete Command.com - from the original drive - setup the new drive - and now he can't access the old drive. He had it partitioned, and it's still partitioned - and we can get to the second partition on that hard drive - we just can't get to the first partition.

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by TheChas In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

Well, if all that is missing is command.com on the boot drive (primary master) all you need to do is boot from a W98 startup disk and run the sys command at the DOS prompt.

sys c:

If he has formatted, or deleted the partition, then you will need recovery tools to recover the files from the drive.

There are links to a few at www.fdisk.com/fdisk

Like the other posters, I suspect that the drive has had the primary DOS partition removed using fdisk or some other program.

Another possibility is that the drive was originally set up with the drive manufactures setup disk and has drive overlay software on it.
Usually, you use drive overlay software to access the full capacity of a hard drive that is larger than the BIOS on the motherboard can recognize.

Unfortunately, in order to access the data on the drive, the drive overlay software needs to be on the boot drive.

Chas

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by Boricua65 In reply to Windows 98 reformatted dr ...

Another way to try access is use the original drive (the one that command.com was deleted) as the master and use the Win98 Startup Disk. Type in fdisk/ mbr DOS command and see if that'll get the drive to be recognized.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q69/0/13.ASP&NoWebContent=1

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