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Old floppies to open by XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by memo, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. memo

    memo Thread Starter

    Feb 16, 2003
    Hi, to all YOUNG GENIUSES
    I just upgrade from Win 98 to XP, i have some old small progs. kept in floppies. I tried to load one & I got this message :

    This disk was compressed using DriveSpace 3, which requires Windows 98.
    To use this disk, you must first mount it. To mount it....so on

    I'll be very happy if 1 of you show me the easiest way to turn on Win 98 to apply the above instructions, (without messing up my PC system) Oh ! remember I'm over 60, Thanks in advance:(
  2. 0tbyn8r


    Feb 14, 2003
    Hi Memo
    DriveSpace/DriveSpace3 is a Fat12 or Fat16 file system (fat = file allocation table) while XP uses a NTFS file system (NTFS = New Technology File System). Without going into technicalities, XP won't be able to read your disks due to incompatibility. Furthermore, you can't just 'turn on' Win98 if you upgraded to XP (unless you dual-booted of course; i.e you are running both WinXP and Win98 on the one machine. You can tell if this is the case if you get an option when you boot asking which operating system you want to use).
    You could perhaps try a program called 'PC Inspector File Recovery' which you can find as a free download from WebAttack.com. The link is as follows -


    I've not used it so could not guarantee it would work for you. No harm in trying though.

    Best of luck.
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