I found my assumed long lost “win98” toshiba protege laptop in our wet and moldy storage container. Was there for years, through cold-humid variances.
The files on his computer are extremely important/private, and I need some advice.
I’ve dried out the laptop and removed the hard drive. Although the machine itself appeared soaked and sporadically covered in mold, the drive itself appears to be in great physical shape with almost no corrosion.
I have not plugged it in, I have not opened it.
What is my best route to ensure I safely recover the data?
Send to popular and trusted data recovery service? My data crucial, yes I understand the audit certifications that protect privacy, but I’m still weary, so this is a last resort.
Buy IDE to usb connector and see if it boots? Scared to do this bc I may damage the disc. Do I need to remember my password for win98 if I go this route.
Find an independent that has a air curtain/clean room that will do the work in my presence and use my offline machine? Is this an outlandish request?
Thanks in advance.