Need help retrieving blocks
I have about 4000 blocks setting on a computer at work. I cannot get the blocks off the computer.
I have to run a sneakernet in order to use the clients since these computers are the displays on a retail showroom. And every time I try to copy the files on a floppy, the drive destroy the sectors on a floppy wherever it writes. Formatting the floppy on the computer results in a destroyed FAT. Now, I can't just replace the floppy since I am fighting with IBM to send me one. It doesn't have zip, cd-r or any other media to use either.
I don't have serial cables laying around to pull it to another computer, or a hub for USB.
Anyone have any ideas to let me get those blocks?
Give us some details about the machine's i/o, and os and we'll see what we can do to help.
The computer is an IBM Aptiva with a PIII 450 running windows98.
The only removable media is the 3.5" floppy
It has 1 serial port, and 2 USB ports.
It is a very typical prefabbed computer.\
The only computers that are close enough to transfer the data to without using the floopy are prefabbed win98 computers.
If I am missing the details you are looking for, let me know.
If you can't replace the floppy, which would be the simplest solution, a usb zip drive would work or any other usb storage device. Since the floppy is out, the device would have to be supported by the cd-rom.
Since this is a store, do you have access to accessories?
Another possiblity, although more complicated is a null modem cable between the serial ports of that machine and another one that the floppy works. Or if the machine has a modem, just call up a machine via telephone and do a file transfer.
Simpliest is just to pop in a working floppy though. 3.5 Floppys should be standard, even for IBMs.
[This message has been edited by cwizard (edited 09-29-99).]
I don't have easy access to accessories. I would take my zip from home to the computer, but the drivers are on floppy, and I don't want to ruin my disk. I guess I'll just let it run random blocks until I get IBM to send a new floppy drive to me.
I was also told that a bent pin or a bad connection on the dongle can make the drive destroy disks. I'll have to check that out too.
That's too bad. Random blocks, for the most part, seem to be done already and thus don't count. CMENT turned in a bunch in the last couple of weeks and only got credit for about 50% of them.
I don't know how much access you have to the machine or technical skill, but a simple solution is to pull a drive out of another, identical machine that works, get the info, and then put it back like it was. Since it is a floppy, it is a purely mechanical procedure and simple, as long as you plug everything in like it is suppose to go.
Whatever course of action, best of luck with retrieving your blocks.
Have you "cracked" the case open, yet? If so, get an old hard drive and set it up and copy the file over and also place a new batch of blocks on the machine and close things back up when your done. Reboot the PC and fix the bios error for the now "missing" Hard drive. A little harder, but yet another option.
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