I placed a 3GB Hard Drive from my old Pentium 1 computer running Windows 98 into an external hard drive enclosure and connected it to a USB port on my new computer running Windows 8.1. However, I am unable to access any of the files on the old hard drive. Instead, I get a message telling me that the drive needs to formatted. But if did that, all the files on the drive would be deleted. Even if I connect the external hard drive to another computer running Windows XP, I get the same message. What should I do? Please advise. Thanks.
Hmmm. I was about to suggest try an XP machine, as I've had problems getting a W8 machine to recognise a drive in a caddy. I shall be interested to see if someone has a solution to this, as it's been a problem for me too for months.
Thanks for the prompt responses. If I put the drive back in my old computer, it works fine. Hence it is unlikely, the drive is faulty. Infact the old computer is in daily use and I use it to do all my correspondence. I do not have a DVD writer installed, only a CD, so I cannot copy the files onto a DVD. Neither can I copy the files to a flash drive or e-mail the files to my new computer as there is no USB port. Is there any other way?
An alternative is the transfer your files to a new hard drive on a different computer using an ethernet network or Computer Sharing. Of course it is only relevant if you have another computer available with sufficient space. What about upload to a cloud store if the data is not to large