Recovering Win3.1 Data

Sean Caron scaron at
Tue Jan 13 14:58:06 CST 2015

I'm surprised you had any trouble with the USB to IDE, usually they work
pretty seamlessly. One thing to check is, whether the drive is explicitly
set to master? A lot of those branded PCs used drives set to Cable Select
and then had a funky IDE cable with one of the pins crossed or something.



On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM, Douglas Taylor <dj.taylor4 at>

> In the mid-90's I had a Packard Bell computer that ran Windows for
> workgroups 3.11.  The computer is long gone, but I saved the disk. It is a
> 420 MB Conner.  I recently tried to recover the data by attaching it to one
> of those IDE/SATA to USB devices and read it under Windows7, didn't work.
> I am able to copy files to floppy, but the stuff I want to save won't fit
> on a floppy.
> I put the disk in an old PC and it will boot to DOS, it tries to start
> WIN3.1 but exits because of some missing sound card hardware.
> What is the path of least resistance here?  Is linux any help?

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