So my Windows 98SE machine bit the bit bucket last week and I went and bought a new machine. It is an HP Pavilion with Windows XP on it. I didn’t want to lose the data from my old machine, so I intended to take the hard drive from my old machine and put it in as the slave drive on the new machine. Something isn’t working and I have no clue what.
I’ve configured the jumpers on the drives such that the new drive is the master and the old is the slave. The new drive still isn’t seen by the new machine. I’ve also configured the jumpers such that they are set to cable select. Again, still no dice.
The BIOS is for the second drive is set to “Auto”. I’ve run MaxBlaster (they are both maxtor drives) but that sees only the new drive.
The second drive gets power, as I can feel it vibrate slightly when the PC is booting and the drives are accessed.
The new drive is 60GB, and the old is 20GB, so I don’t think this has anything to do with the BIOS not being able to read large capacity drives.
The cable is clearly marked “MASTER” and “SLAVE” (and FDD) so I know I have that part correct. (The grey and the black give it away, too).
I’m pretty sure the old drive is a FAT32 drive. Does anyone know if that is causing any problems? Is there a way to recover that data? My next step will be to borrow a friend’s computer who has 98 on it and try my drive in there and then use a serial cable to transfer the data.