external cd-rw for WIN98 and WINNT

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klad1

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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?
 
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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.

Cheers
 
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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.
 

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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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