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    IDE to USB for Old quantum fireball ex 3.5 series?

    I’m curious if I try to read data off of a quantum fireball ex 3.5 series hard drive using an IDE to USB converter if I’ll have success. I believe the age of this drive is mid/late 1990s. Fairly sure I had windows 95 on it, was pulled from a 486 (100mhz I think).

    From what I’ve read windows 10 won’t read FAT16 partitions so I either need to read it with some kind of special utility or maybe boot my PC with Knoppix or something. Looking for thoughts on this too.

    Just curious if there’s a particular IDE to USB model that is more likely to work…or if what I’m doing is unlikely to work period.

    P.S. If the tool I buy can also include a SATA to USB it would be more useful long term.
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    You'd likely have to install another OS, either a virtual machine Windows XP, or better yet some Linux distro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    You'd likely have to install another OS, either a virtual machine Windows XP, or better yet some Linux distro.
    I figured Knoppix would be an easy way to do that (Linux based right?). Bootable from DVD or USB drive so I won't spend a bunch of time figuring out how to install something permanent.

    I've read really mixed things about IDE to USB devices. There seem to be a lot of complaints from people saying they won't find old IDE devices.

    I've got an old PC with a P5B board on it that's super flakey but at least has an IDE DVD drive I can piggy back off of. I got Knoppix working on this machine but I need a USB slot or PS/2 slot to work for long enough to give me a keyboard and mouse I may be able to see the drive on there. I doubt I'll get it working.

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