How to get data off dead Toshiba HD?

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Some of you may remember me as the old guy who was seeking a
replacement for a couple of dead Toshiba Satellite 1910CS laptops.

Well, a week or two ago I received a Toshiba Satellite 2545 XCDT via
FreeCycle Seattle and have now got DOS 6.21 running on it.  (It takes
me a long time to get things done because I've been slowed down in my
senior years by multiple chronic health problems that require lots of
bedrest and naps).

So, now, I'm ready to tackle the problem of how to get all my software
onto the new machine.

I was pretty consistent in making back-ups of all the configuration
files for my old software, and I still have all the software and
config files on floppies.  But I'm not looking forward to the tedious
task of having to reinstall each of my programs one by one.

I'm wondering if there's a way I could copy the entire C: drive
directory tree from my old hard drive onto the new machine.

I figure that would mean pulling the HD from the old machine and then
somehow hooking it up to the new machine as a second drive.

One idea I came up with would be to try to find another old Toshiba,
swap out it's HD for my old HD and then network the two computers
together.  Would that work?  How compatible are the HDs from different
generations of Toshiba laptops.  (I do have another Toshiba laptop
that I also got from FreeCycleSeattle, but it is so contaminated by
cigarette smoke that I can't have it in the house  However, for a one-
time data transfer, I could hook both computers up out on the sun

Or, is it possible that there exists a stand alone case that I could
install the old HD into and then network it to my "new" Toshiba?

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"

Re: How to get data off dead Toshiba HD?

If you were running Linux or UNIX, this might be easier. I don't know
the UNIX command, but i think its something like "dd". The DOS command
could be "copy c: <onto another disk>"

Re: How to get data off dead Toshiba HD?

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The hard drives from the old to new Toshiba's is not the problem, they will
work just fine, the problem is the OS that's on that hard drive.  You can't
just move a hard drive from one laptop to another and expect it to boot
unless they are identical laptops.
There are many stand alone cases that you could install your old hard drive
into.  Most have a usb interface so there's no need to network.  Just do a
google search.

Re: How to get data off dead Toshiba HD?

He's running DOS, not Windows.  Most of the rules that you take for
granted -- things you can and can't do, and how you do them -- don't apply.

Jerry wrote:
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Re: How to get data off dead Toshiba HD?

There are lots of ways to do this.

What I usually used to do is put both hard drives onto a DESKTOP machine
using a 2.5" IDE adapter (allows connecting a laptop 2.5" IDE drive to a
standard desktop 40-conductor IDE cable).

More recently, you can get USB adapters and cases.  This is a good way
to go but you will have to do it on a machine running Windows .... there
is no support for USB hard drives under DOS.

There are also ways to do this with both machines on a network, but,
again, that's largely not applicable to laptops running DOS.

Normally (e.g. in a Windows environment) you can't move installed
software, you have to reinstall it, but in your case you are running
DOS, not Windows, so that likely won't be an issue.

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