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External USB Drive on Win98SE

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  1. wolfworx

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    I have two USB external drives and a USB "Jump Drive" that I have been using for backup of data on my WinXP machines. I often take take them with me when I travel to use on friends machines or for business.

    The problem is getting them to work with machines running Win 98SE (yes, some folks are still using that OS.) I cannot seem to find a driver that will work. I remember using USB devices on Win98SE in the past, but now they are just not recognized on some systems. Can anyone offer some suggestions?
     
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    Thanks, John. That driver worked for one of my USB external drives, but not my jump drive. I have not tried others as yet.
     
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    If these are Lexar Jump Drives, they have drivers on their site.
     
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    OK. Back again. Still having a problem getting external drives to work on Win98SE machines. I've tried six or more drivers - specified for External USB drives on Win98 machines - on three separate machines (two of a client and one of my own). I've rebooted with the drive connected and I've plugged in to running machines. Sometimes I get an acknowledgement of a new device and sometimes not. When I go through the "Add neww Hardware" procedure, I always receive the message that it cannot find any useful information on the specified .inf file.

    So... I am at a loss as to what I am doing wrong and would love to hear from anyone who has successfully connected an external USB drive to a Win98SE machine.
     
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    What is the specific make and model of external FLASH drive?
     
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    Drives, actually. One is a WD80 0JB-00JJA0 in a "Smart Drive" USB case. Another is a Maxtor 91741U4 w/ USB external drive cable (no case). another is DTNA-22160 E182115 HG 2.5" drive in an HD 260 case. All three work properly on my WinXp machines.
     
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    Also. am having the same problem with a Lexar 64MB Jump drive and Memorex 512MB flash drive. Regards them about the same as if I stuck a tongue depressor in the USB slot.
     
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    You know I have had that problem more times then I care to remember. For small jobs I have started using Iomega Zip drive again, as the drivers are native to most Windows.
     
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    Well, the Lexar Jump Drive should be easy, they have drivers on their site. I suspect Memorex does too.

    For the drives, you need to download the drivers from the makers of the USB enclosure, I have a ton of those CD's in my drawer for all the external cases I've purchased.

    W98 was lacking in this area, what can I say. :)
     
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