March 21st, 2012, 05:39 AM #1
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Windows 98 OnLY boots in safe mode....
So this lady has an old HP and want the data transfered from win98 to XP. XP wont read the qic backup and after teying stomp, roxio ez reader and easeus i can figure out how to do it. She wants a program off the old into the dell XPsp3. Problem is 98 only boots in safe and while in safe all drives and ports are disabled.
Is it even possible to grab a whole program off 1 comp and use in another? How? There is no startup disk or anything jut a working program. Do i try and get the exe file? If so where is it located? She is smart but one of thise not willing to change. So there are 2 problems: cant convert this qic backup and cant use the old comp to transfer bc everyway is impossible in safe mode.
I will say upon the boot it reads a problem with riptide and legacy and reverts to a Windows>: prompt. I dont know DOS and havent a clue. I made a boot and it loads upba troubleshoot screen after typing HeLP but there isnt any choices to make as it expects me to fix it. I press esc and it revert to another prompt like windows: A. Can i take the hdd out of old and place in new either as the main or a slave? What is needed for cable or tools? The newer comp has a cd/dvd/floppy drive. Can i take out floppy and add another HD? Hiw do i know if it will even read it? Any help would be awesome!
March 22nd, 2012, 11:18 AM #2
Welcome to TechIMO!
First it is not possible to transfer a program 99% of the time.
The 1% being DOS type programs, like solitaire, as they only have 1 or 2 files, and a read me.
As for placing drive in another computer , a floppy connection won't work.
If the old and the new are IDE, then most computers, that use IDE/ATA, have 4 connections, and you should use one of those.
Newer computers use SATA, so we need to know what you have, old and new.
Any data file, should be able to be transfered, but if you don't have the program, it is useless, unless, something else can read it.
This is one of the predicted problems, of data archives. The programs disappearing, over time,
A Linux boot disk, is another way of retrieving files.
They can read anything on an XP, or 98 disk.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
March 22nd, 2012, 08:41 PM #3
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Thanks for the reply. I finslly was able to gey out of safe mode. My dilema now is getting this very expense extinct program called Consignment Pro 5.0 over to the new comp. Can this be done in lieu of moving the HD out of old and into new? Really tbh all that the lady wants is that program. Ill look tommorow at the hdd's and report back. Any easy way to look for the make/model of both hdd's??
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March 23rd, 2012, 07:25 AM #5
You are eventually going to have to look in the computer.
Speccy will tell you what the drives are, probably, but won't tell you what you have for cables.
ie each of the 2 IDE cable can run 2 drives, but some ship with a single plug cable.
Is there room in the case?
Is there a spare power connector?
If it is SATA, is there a spare plug, on the board, as SATA is one drive per cable.
Let us know, we are still watching the post.
Some new SATA computers, won't run IDE/ATA, without an adapter.
I don't think you are going to be able to save the program.
Unless it is very simple. like an old DOS program, it gets installed in so many places, you can never find the parts.
Even if you move the drive, I don't think it will work, although I WOULD TRY.
It would have to be part of the new operating system, to work, for most programs.
You can get the data though.
As I said, I read years ago, that we would have tons of data archived, and no programs to run it.
I tried to save my old DOS OS, but the floppies are already partly unreadable.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
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