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external cd-rw for WIN98 and WINNT

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by klad1, Sep 15, 2003.

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  1. klad1

    klad1 Thread Starter

    Sep 15, 2003
    Help, I need an external CD-RW that is compatible with both windows 98 and windows NT. I have several large files (too large for a floppy) that I use at work and want to be able to work on at home as well. My work OS is Windows NT and my home is windows 98. I am being told by several retail stores that external burners for windows NT are hard to find and are shaky at best. Any suggestions?
  2. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    The problem is NT's support of USB, there really isn't any! (like windows 95) I know someone that patched NT for USB but getting the unit to work was a lesson in futility, the USB devices were detected but wouldn't work.

    The only reasonable alternative is to find an older external SCSI CDRW that has drivers for windows NT/95 and match it up with a scsi card in both systems.

  3. Annorax


    Aug 11, 2003
    I've heard USB and NT are a very tricky mix. It might be easier, and cheaper, to install an internal IDE drive and then remove it when done.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'd suggest you consider an external SCSI drive, it'll work for NT.

    As far as internal IDE CD-RW drives, why not just buy a couple on the constant rebate deals that are around and install at both locations? I still have two sitting in my supply closet, paid $10/ea for them. Every machine here has a 48x or 52x CD-RW already. :D
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