I got my computer back from the shop. (Thanks, everyone, for the advice; I just couldn’t get it to work.) I’m starting the arduous task of recovering data. To recap: Windows was crashing when I tried to open a Word document. My CD-drive also was not being detected. Since I have a lot of important documents on the original drive, I decided to install a new hard drive instead of reformatting the old one. As I said, I’ve had Win98 installed on the new drive. I’ve also gotten a CR-RW so I can back stuff up.
I put the old hard drive into the external drive case. The jumpers are set to ‘slave’. I hooked the external drive (with the original drive replacing the drive it came with) to the computer with a USB cord. The computer detected a new device and looked for a driver for it.
It didn’t find one. Can’t get to my files.
How do I retrieve my data from the external drive?
I’m on a 500mHz Pentium running Win98. (Yes, yes; I know. But I’m turning toward Macs now, and the obsolete PC has done what I’ve needed it to as it is – or was, anyway.) The external drive, which is now the hard drive of the computer is a Maxtor. It was bought as a Personal Storage 3100, and now has the old drive Gateway put in.