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Vipre 260 drive failing

#1 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:43 am

I have a Fugitsu Stylistic 500....yes I know not a Thinkpad but it is very similar to a 730T -730TE. 486SL DX2 50MHz.

Well it has a Type III PCMCIA drive like the Thinkpad tablets of the time. Its a Viper 260MB drive, and as you guys who have had them know those drives aren't the greatest. Now the drive is on its last legs, it rarely actually boots into Windows but does still get to the Windows 95 load screen before getting a C: read error. I want to make an image of the drive before it never boots again.

Got anyway I can back that thing up and what machine would work for doing so? Software to use?

I'm thinking I might be able to put Windows 7 on a T42 and just do some imaging on that? I plugged it into my 755CDV and it works but I can't image using that.

EDIT: My 755C reads all the files on it just fine...it just shows the W95 logo and keeps loading.
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Re: Vipre 260 drive failing

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:39 am

I don't have any hardware to test, but if the Viper is detected in DOS, maybe an old version of Norton Ghost could work?
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Re: Vipre 260 drive failing

#3 Post by fultontech » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:24 pm

I've used laplink 5 for DOS to get everything off 1993 systems to Win98SE in protected mode, then from Win98SE to USB 1.0 256MB flash.
Once I got it onto USB I copied it to a VMware virtual disk drive.
DOS 6.22 and Win95 had a competing utility where you could use laplink or null modem serial cable too, if you can't locate LL5 on ebay.
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Re: Vipre 260 drive failing

#4 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:45 pm

Ok, Ive got the drive booting. Put it in my 755C and just opening random files and the drive is slow but boots.

I'm probably going to use a CF card as a replacement and just for ease of transferring files. The floppy drive is a CITIZEN one that has the darn belt problem. Really poor design.

What I really want to do is just make a drive image of it. One I can put on my computer and share. I don't really want to laplink it, especially since I don't have the CF card and it is a type 3 drive, so the second slot is used up in the process.

This tablet has no IDE slots.
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