Recovering Win3.1 Data

Mike Stein mhs.stein at
Tue Jan 13 15:23:13 CST 2015

Many if not most IDE<>USB adapters have trouble with old drives that only 
know Cyl/Trk/Sec and not LBA.

Once you get that old PC booted PKZIP or any of the 'split' programs will 
let you copy to multiple floppies if the PC is too old for a USB stick or 
networking of some sort.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Douglas Taylor" <dj.taylor4 at>
To: "Discussion at and Off-Topic Posts" 
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Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:32 PM
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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