Recovering Win3.1 Data

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at
Tue Jan 13 15:20:25 CST 2015

Have you tried Disk2VHD from here:-

you may then be able to boot the disk in Virtual PC, VMWare or DOSBOX. You can also mount the VHD as a drive in Windows/7 from Disk Manager.


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Subject: Recovering Win3.1 Data

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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