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  1. How best to clone the C: HDD (W98FE) ?

    Hi, Noting what everyone's written with thanks and slowly working my way through... (may take a little while) Can any of these suggestions work over a network? Thanks.
  2. How best to clone the C: HDD (W98FE) ?

    Hi, I only need 32GB PATA and I'm not sure I could even buy a new one nowadays (besides, I'm a cheapskate so wouldn't buy a retail box!) ;-) Besides, I can use s/h 40GB HDDs readily available for a couple of quid a piece. The Seagate (Acronis) 'freebee' on their website is WIN (XT+) not W98. (Even their 'SeaTools for DOS won't run on a simple old PC I have here - it was written quite recently - yes, system requirements met...) Hitachi don't offer a freebee, I believe. WD - didn't look yet. Anyway, most of the HHD manufacturer 'freebee' stuff only works with their own brand drives, which is a bit limiting. It would be even better if I could do this 'cloning' over a network (save me having to physically mess around with a functioning 'in service' PC...)
  3. How best to clone the C: HDD (W98FE) ?

    Hi Jaclaz, OK, let me put it this way, I'd like to create a 'duplicate' HD (obviously it would only be a duplicate at the moment in time it's created or copied over) so that if the C: drive gets trashed, damaged, spoiled, messed up in some way I can just physically swap out the HDD with the other one (e.g. remove C:, change the duplicate HD from slave to master and stick that in as a replacement C: boot drive). The reasoning is simply that, whilst I could create a new C: from scratch and just load backed up data, to get the updates etc. for W98 and the W98 progs on there and then (re)configure them all would likely be very time consuming. HDDs are now 'peanuts' cost so I could just set a few slaves and every so often write one as a bootable duplicate. (Totally separately I can back-up any important data on a more frequent basis according to it's importance - in fact I already do this anyway.) I'm trying to avoid some kind of more general 'system restore' as that is generally reliant on some peripheral device or some 'restore file' held somewhere, and it's difficult to be certain just what (or how much) is actually being restored anyway. Thanks.
  4. Hi again, Please could I have some suggestions as to how I might most simply create an exact bootable clone* of the C: drive of a W98SE machine? 1) Either within the single PC - i.e. 'C: master' cloned to 'D: (slave)' 2) And/Or, if possible, similar over a network. (W98 PC to W98 PC) I've read a few threads here and some of the freebee downloads won't run on W98 anyway. However, something I could load from a floppy and run at DOS / Command Line level would be fine (can that network too?) (I could run from a bootable CD, but that's more of a pain...) Thanks. * 'clone' as in copy rather than mirror image as the source and target drives may not be identical.
  5. OK, back to this today after some travels and a break... A combination of this, repeatedly, plus repeated registry re-sets to re-run hardware detection http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317187 and a multitude of re-boots eventually seems to have got things back in order (touch wood). Took about six hours! Tested most functions and it seems to be all working without needing to do a Jaz restore. And still so much faster than my more current PCs which seem to take an age to perform a simple task! I think I'll upgrade the second HDD to something bigger as when backing up I found that the email archieve now runs to over 6Gb! So, thanks to all for the input and hopefully it'll be good for a while. :-)
  6. Hi, All done, all checked, BIOS set/reset, Clock working (thanks) No 'problems' listed anywhere, in any of the files, except Printer driver (which is nonsense as the printer function / LPT1 is all working perfectly) but this is a legacy issue AFAIR 'cos of a couple of printer driver options exist (blame that on HP) and isn't actually a fault or problem in reality. Of course, the hardware that is 'lost' is missing from the relevent files too. Not hanging at all at any time - only issue is 'lost' adaptors Ha, boarderline obsolete it may be, but it's the fastest gun in town! (normally) ;-) (Sorry, no inference to the news reports from across the pond this evening intended.)
  7. OK, noted, with thanks! :-)
  8. Hi, Thanks for replying. Battery good 3v - have checked BIOS - all ok - reset it anyway - BIOS Virus protection turned off. scandisk HDD - done In DOS, registry restore - tried previously - failed, no more original copies available "Regedit /fix" - scanreg /fix - done in Windows and in DOS Soundcard is faulty hardware I believe - removed Mainboard is good I believe - checked all connections - runs fine (Also all other adaptors [cards] believed good.) + if detection problems for other devices persist, remove ALL hardware (especially mainboard!) drivers in Safe mode - ok this is the bit I haven't done for fear of not being able to get it back up. I can do it, but I just need to pull (back-up) some data off the HDD before I try (which means removing the HDD and taking it to another machine as there's no external access to this PC HDD at the moment - no Ethernet, no SCSI, no USB) If you did anything in the BIOS or anything inside or outside the case (plugging in or out cards or cables) prior to the sound card failure, please report. - No, not at all, it just went quiet (no sound). Tks.
  9. Having done a bit of checking, I believe VMM32.VXD is ok.
  10. So, the DRIVERS aren't being "found". - No, I believe it is the HARDWARE that isn't being found - it doesn't get as far as asking for drivers. You ARE aware that SAFE MODE, they are NOT functioning since SAFE MODE bypasses LOADING drivers, right? - Yes (hence why I used the term 'show as functioning'), and neither does HARDWARE detection. That's because your Startup Disk has the needed... DOS DRIVERS! - I believe that's because the SCSI adaptor is detected at BIOS level (per boot screen remarks) and I can subsequently load an Adaptec SCSI driver at DOS level if I wish to (which will show a SCSI disk drive) and further run Iomega guest.exe which with 'mount' it as a JAZ drive - neither of which are helpful save that they show the devices are working. And AGAIN, you are OBVIOUSLY missing the DRIVERS (for some reason). You NEED the AHA Drivers within Windows to get to the JAZ driver which is CONNECTED to it. - Yes, for sure, if only there was a SCSI adaptor detected/recognised to be driven! Be aware that SOMETIMES not ALL files necessary are copied to the CORRECT place on the HDD for "reinstall". Yes - aware.Have you tried a DIRECT REINSTALL of the AHA-SCSI drivers from a SOURCE and NOT "the usual auto-find"? - Yes, I did try that at the outset when the SCSI adaptor was showing as a device with a problem, but it didn't work. In SAFE MODE, do what jaclaz said - REMOVE everything and "start from scratch". - Physically I have (it didn't help). The only thing I haven't done (yet) in safe mode yet is to remove all devices in Device Manager, the reason being because HARDWARE detection isn't working I might not get them back (e.g. I might loose the graphics adaptor, perhaps... I don't know...) Reinstall ALL drivers and software as necessary. Get everything you need. - I beleive I have everything I need, except HARDWARE detection. In addition, since you claim your USB's aren't recognized i'm rather confused since this is an ASUS P2B 440BX-based Mobo. They SHOULD have shown and functioned after deletion and "reload" - reboot to Normal and "Add New Hardware". - So far they don't. This Mobo SHOULD be a rather "standard" Win98-supported Intel Mobo. - Yes, quite. And... don't believe ALL of the MS-suggested methods - just SAFE MODE/DELETE/REBOOT/ADD NEW and it WILL work (or SHOULD). Jaclaz is correct - if ANY not found - FORCE REINSTALL form ORIGINAL sources, and NOT from HDD "aut-find" if any do NOT function afterward. - At the very outset and since I have tried this and the only success I had was to get it to accept a different AGP Graphics adaptor (the Millenium II mentioned in the hardware list). I have deleted one item of hardware within Device Manager in SAFE mode and I was unable to get it back in NORMAL mode. As I said it won't 'see' the hardware. (I will experiment further in this respect and revert with anything relevent that I find, good or bad!.) Finally, don't think that I'm ignoring your ideas guys, I'm very grateful for the input, but so far I can't get anything to move forward - I just get the same (non) function issues (or sometimes worse as windoz decides to mess about, but when I clear that it just reaches the same point and I can't get further forward - as I said, so far).
  11. Hi, I have done what you suggested previously - it didn't achieve anything. (You're grumpy? How do you think I feel?! Sorry... )
  12. Guys, this is a fine academic conversation but forgive me if I mention that it's going off topic so I'd appreciate if we could re-direct the thread back towards getting my W98 to recognise hardware please. ...just quickly IIRC, when W98 set up runs it invites the user to make two (copies) of the W98 start-up floppies - which I beleive is where the (x2) might come from. In the late 90's there wasn't that much around that could carry 1 or 2GB at a competitive cost, particularly with the flexibility of a non-linear format. There is another style of Iomega back-up (Iomega Ware) which I believe came later on to which this instance of floppies may possibly refer - it is not the Iomega Tools '1-step back-up' that I have used. (I have the 'manual' if you can call it that along with the Iomega [Jaz] Tools on CD). Remember that Iomega Zip discs were also refered to as 'floppies' - Zip being a high capacity FDD. Scsi - yes, that's covered in the thread (and that's one of this issues - please see my initial posts). I plan to work on this again on Saturday - I wonder if there is a way to delete something W98 creates at set-up so that it has to re-write the hardware profile?? Anyone with any ideas? http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-98-log-files-and-utilities-help-you-troubleshoot-your-hardware/1052476 I need to get W98 NOT to fail to recognise hardware, as it is doing at the moment! (BTW, HDDs are recognised in BIOS, so I don't see how your idea of removing C: will help as I can't run W98 in normal mode without it and, unless W98 is run in normal mode, W98 hardware detection doesn't function...)
  13. Hi, Thanks again for your reply. I will try again on the 'remove ALL hardware' proposal as soon as I am in a position to risk totally loosing access to drive C (as that poses some issues mid-week). I'll revert. Meanwhile:- I think if you read the PDF again you'll see that: firstly) the ref. to the floppies is the creation of a normal W98 start up disk (x2) set and secondly) on page 6, paras 1 & 2 it explains it's strictly a W98 restore (i.e. normal mode) and not DOS or 'safe' mode. The fact is you cannot run '1-step restore' until you have loaded W98 and installed Iomega tools (unfortunately). You will see there is no mention of the use of floppies at the restore stage. Thanks.
  14. Hi, Thanks for responding. Sorry for the delay to reply, I took the weekend off for a break. OK, let me just deal with this first: Asus P2B, Bios Rev. 1012 (Award Bios V4.54PG) PII 450 328MB Ram Matrox Millenium II AGP (as now, was prev. Matrox G400 Dual Head AGP before it went wonky) IIyama 454 HM-903DTA A FDD (Teac, as I recall) B FDD 5,1/4" (brand unsure, been in there since '97) C HDD Hitachi Deskstar 3.5" 40GB (32GB) D HDD Quantum Fireball ST 3.5" 6GB Plextor 40/12/40A PX-W4012A Iomega Jaz 2GB Adaptec AHA-2940AU (Scsi) PCI 3Com 10/100 NIC 3C905C-TXM PCI LPT2 ISA TC-020-EP2 (brand unsure, been in there since '97) Finally, there was a Creative Soundblaster AWE64 Gold ISA sound card in there, but that's the bit that started all this and I think it's failed in hardware so it's removed (that had been in there since '97 too) Moving on, I've done much as you describe. Makes no difference (so far). The problem is that W98 (i.e. that installed on drive C, the system/boot drive) won't recognise hardware - it won't run hardware detection, something is stopping it. It has to do that in 'normal' mode. "possibly run from it some DOS hardware tests." - such as? (I believe it's not a hardware issue, I believe it's an O/S hardware detection issue.) "How exactly was the "backup made"?" - Iomega Tools, 'one step back-up' "Are you sure there isn't a way to restore it from "pure DOS"?" - Yes Thanks!
  15. Hi All, Wonder if someone would be kind enough to help me with this please - W98 won't recognise and set-up hardware. From the begining: ISA Sound card stopped functioning (no sound) - device manager suggested a problem - reinstall driver. System then asked me about reconfiguring LPTs which I didn't want to do, so terminated. System then lost all access to exp-cards (display, scsi, ethernet) - display was left functioning at VGA. Managed to get display to function by swapping the display adaptor (card) and re-installing drivers. Unable to get W98 to recognise ethernet, scsi - also USB connection gone. LPT1 and printer still works. (LPT2 [card] not used, so not tried, but appears ok in device mgr.) Tried different ethernet cards - no luck. Device manager will either show no expansion hardware, or device with problem. (Most motherboard items, except USB, seem ok - e.g. Drives A,B, C,D, F, PS2 mouse, k/b.) In 'safe mode' most things show as functioning in device manager and pretty much all looks present (whereas it isn't in normal mode). Scsi devices show on boot-up and can access the scsi drive (Jaz) at DOS level using W98 start-up disk (but that doesn't help much). Have tried all the usual add hardware functions and have tweeked the registry setup flags (as per MS support instructions) to cause W98 to re-run hardware detection. It starts, gets to about 3-4% on the progress ribbon, that panel disappears and then the system just loads W98 still without hardware. (Tried lots of times). I have a back-up, but it's on Jaz (via scsi), and I can't access it in W98. Loath to run W98 set-up if I can avoid it... (worried about intergrity of Jaz for a full HD restore). Has anyone got any suggestions? Thanks.