Hang on boot--DOS-based computer to computer data copy?

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by frank, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. frank

    frank Guest

    I have a Windows 98 machine which hangs after the Y/N prompt at
    "msmouse.vdx" (I had chosen "4. Step-by-step confirmation" after
    having pressed F8, and I chose Y to ever prompt, up to this point.)

    I'd like simply to reinstall Win98. But first, I'd like to backup
    100MB or so of data from the HDD. One of the files is a 50MB .pst

    I can boot into Safe Mode just fine, and the data is there. The system
    has no CDR/W drive, no USB ports, but it does have a working internal
    NIC. (I don't have access to an Iomega zip drive, so that's not an
    option.) I do have access to a dozen other functioning Win98
    computers, though.

    I'm wondering if there's a way to use a crossover cable to copy the
    data directly from a Safe Mode session, or even a DOS session, from
    the Hanging system to one of the other Win98 systems. Is that
    possible, and if so, what is the command to issue from the working
    Win98 computer that would force the copy of data from the hanging
    computer? TIA for any ideas.

    (I haven't given up on getting the system to boot, but I thought just
    fdisk-ing would be easier. But I don't want to lose the data.)
    frank, Aug 26, 2003
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