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Old 12-03-2017, 08:03 AM   #1
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Hi there.

When I connect an old 2.5" laptop HDD to my Windows 10 laptop literally nothing happens.

The HDD is a Seagate 1.5GB IDE drive with Windows 98 installed on it (Works fine in the laptop), I'm trying to transfer some files from it before I reinstall.

At first I thought it may have been the IDE to USB cable but I tried a 40GB drive I had laying about an that worked fine. I'm sure it's FAT32 formatted so what gives?

EDIT: I've already tried playing around with the jumper settings.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:15 PM   #2
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I don't know why that isn't working for you, it should. Perhaps it might be easier to transfer the files from the drive when it is in the laptop using a USB pen drive and then use that to transfer them to your Windows 10 laptop.
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:27 PM   #3
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Well I had the idea of firing Win98 up on VMWare thinking it may appear in that but amazingly when I plugged it in again it just worked this time, I must have tried it 20 times yesterday in different orders an everything.
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Well I had the idea of firing Win98 up on VMWare thinking it may appear in that but amazingly when I plugged it in again it just worked this time, I must have tried it 20 times yesterday in different orders an everything.
Funnily enough that's how computers tend to work. Luckily having been an electronics engineer in a previous life that is the part that I like about computers. Glad it's working for you but fixing them can be a lot of fun........mostly
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Fun? Did you say fun ??
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Fun...Fun??? What Fun???
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This kind of fun:
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Oh! That kind of fun... ok, lets have some fun..yeah, kool ider!!!
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Gee I am living in the future. I am still using Windows XP.
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[QUOTE=OneMarcilV;12190198]Gee I am living in the future. I am still using Windows XP.[/QUOTE

Sounds like still living in the past
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Funnily enough that's how computers tend to work. Luckily having been an electronics engineer in a previous life that is the part that I like about computers. Glad it's working for you but fixing them can be a lot of fun........mostly
Most of them lol but you always get the odd computers where there is no end of problems, I repair a lot of electrical things and have repaired PSU's replaced bad electrolytic capacitors on motherboards I can repair most things electrical providing parts are available.

I have a liking for Windows 98, I've got an old Pentium II which has MS-DOS 6.22 installed somewhere I mainly used that computer for programing IC chips and old PMR transceivers seeing that its just sitting somewhere gathering dust I thought about getting it out sometime and installing Windows 98 on to it for retro gaming, although if I do... I will have to check the PSU as those are known for going BANG when they haven't been used in a long time lol.
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I might upgrade to Windows 2.11.
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