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    Backup incompatibility?

    ive just renewed one of my HDDs following the sudden death of its predecessor and chose the moment to upgrade to win 2K from 98SE. to my horror i now find that the 2K backup will deliberately not recognise win98 backups, of which i have 7.7Gb, one file is over 4Gb. (Great planning there Bill), the useful help hint in the KB is to use another PC running 98 to restore the files and copy them over. Really useful. So, the question is: can i install my old 98SE OS onto the existing system as a dual OS without uninstalling 2K first, or willi have to do it the hard way, take 2k off, install 98 and then reinstall 2k? I formatted the new drive using fat32 rather than NTFS with compatability with existing software in mind.

    Also, do any of you gurus out there know of anyone who has a workaround for the backup incompatability? I have enough bits left over in the box to rebuild my old PC on which i had 98se, and at a push i could do it that way but its gonna be a long job transferring all those files between 2 machines.

    any guidance will be gratefully received.

    Phil C.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    Did you convert your Win98SE drive from FAT16 to FAT32 in the past - before doing any of your backups? If not, that is the issue.

    On that basis, you will need to create a new partition, use FDISK to format it with FAT16, reinstall Win98, reinstate your backups and then use the built-in Win98 tool to convert the partition from FAT16 to FAT32. Provided that you have enough HDD capacity, that would save you actually having to build a seconf machine.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    If you used the Windows backup that comes with Windows, it is, has been known that each version is NOT compatible. This is the NUMBER 1 reason for NOT using it.

    That said, you will need to find a Win 98 machine to restore these files to and then make a copy that is readable by W2K.


    If you have installed 2K on the C drive you will need to rebuilt it. Win 98 must be on the C drive. Now, you may be able to install it with out a rebuild by using a third party program such a "Boot Magic".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    Hi Phil,

    If you can extract the backup software from your Win 98SE CD and install that on the 2k machine, you might just be able to recover your data without doing a complete 98SE install <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    tried to find it last night with no success. the files are buried in one of the cab files somewhere.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    ah ha - see what a fresh brain does.... why didnt i think of that? have indeed got the drive space.......but will i be able to just install 98 into the fat16 partition with 2000 in situ or not?

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    cheers dave - not keen on using partion changing software - had a bad experience a while back which took me several days to reinstall.

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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    You should be able to install without problems PROVIDED that Win2K is not on the C: drive.

    You WILL find that it will now ignore Win2K and load straight into Windows 98SE. The way to recover is to load the Win2K install CD and choose Repair in the choices. This should bring back the Boot Manager - giving you a choice on Win98SE and Win2K.
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    Re: Backup incompatibility?

    just wanna say thankx to all who assisted - problem has been overcome, sadly some of the backups were affected, but i got about 85%of it all.

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