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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by robodoc, Aug 9, 2006.

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  1. robodoc

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    I'm working on an older Compaq Presario 5070 for my father-in-law. He has been lax in keeping his virusscan up to date. I've built him a new computer that is ready to install, but days before my trip to do the install his presario took a dump. It appears through various boot attempts that the Config.sys files got corrupted in line 2 and 3. The drive is running Win 98. I can access the drive through DOS and run DIR and see all the files intact. I would like to recover his address book for Outlook Express. When trying to boot with windows I get an error that reads, "Can Not Find QR System Save Drive". I don't need to save this computer or drive, I just would like to retrieve some info. All help would be appreciated
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  2. Jimmy the Hand

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    Put the drive into any working PC as secondary slave and you can salvage anything you want. If you have another PC with Win98, you can check where and how outlook express is storing personal data. I don't have a Win98 right now before me, but I think you should look for *.pst and *.pab files. The .pst contains the mailbox with its whole folder structure, .pab is the Personal Address Book. If the files are found, I think you can import them into another outlook express.
     
  3. robodoc

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    I've put it in another computer, but as a master just to confirm the hard drive was the problem. I never thought of the slave angle. Great call, I'll get right on it. Sometimes the brain misses the obvious.
     
  4. onsite

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    Search for dbx files, that is the outlook express email
    to see the folder in windows explorer you must have see hidden files and folders turned on in folder options if you arelooking at it in windows, looking at another HD in DOS probbably not.
    The location is something like this
    C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER ID\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{A9589E0A-3EAA-40DB-BDEF-E4350F6A7846}\Microsoft\Outlook Express
    Don't for get DOS may truncate after 7 characters, so it may be easier to look for dbx files
     
  5. robodoc

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    While doing a search for *pab I get one file called BitWareUser. I don't see anything that appears to be the address book
     
  6. robodoc

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    I just got "onsite's" reply. I'll try it.
     
  7. robodoc

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    *.dbx got me to the Inbox, outbox, and deleted items file, but I'm after the address book.
     
  8. Jimmy the Hand

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    Yeah... Then .pst and .pab extensions must belong to Outlook. Sorry

    I tried to import an address book on my system. Outlook express looked for files with a ".wab" extension. Try searching for wab files.
     
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    What's more, I found this:
    C:\Documents and Settings\User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\User name.wab
     
  10. robodoc

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    When you say user name am I inserting my actual user name on the internet?
     
  11. StumpedTechy

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    Just do a search on *.wab really thats going to be the only file on there with that extension.

    The directory example won't be the same (where it says Username) because your recovering from a Windows98 disk.

     
  12. robodoc

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    *.wab revealed one File, It's name was "Default" it's in folder "D:\WINDOWS\Application data\Microsoft\Address Book" When I double click on the default icon it tells me "The specified file does not appear to be a valid address book file" It's a 226 KB file modified 7/28/06.
     
  13. robodoc

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    When we talk about user name, are we talking about the user name for the computer or the internet?
     
  14. onsite

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    ...neither , the loged on user
    see ,,, look under documents and settings:)
     
  15. robodoc

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    Was there a logged on user function with Win 98?
     
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