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help with a detatchable USB hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thaynes13, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. thaynes13

    thaynes13 Thread Starter

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    I have a hard drive that detaches from the USB port (http://www.futureshop.ca >computers>hard drives and storage>storage) and I'm having a little trouble with it.

    It worked fine with my new (2002) Windows XP computer, but I'm trying it on my old (1995) Windows 98 computer and it doesn't work the same way. It's supposed to work without drivers, but when I put it into the USB slot, it says that Windows needs to download a driver. It even looked for a driver but it couldnt find any. What do I do? Does anyone else have one of these?

    tom
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Windows 2000, XP, and I believe ME have native drivers for USB storage devices. W98 does NOT have native drivers, and you do indeed need the drivers for the USB <-> IDE controller in the box. I use several of these drives here, and I installed the drivers that came with the drives for the W98 machines.
     
  3. thaynes13

    thaynes13 Thread Starter

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    Thanks.

    Where can I get a driver so that the USB drive will work?

    tom
     
  4. gotrootdude

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    We would need to know the maker/model of the drive to give that info... any identifying marks on the drive?
     
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    It should have come with the USB drive, I don't know where you'll get one now. I'd try to track down the manufacturer of the drive cabinet and check their web site.
     
  6. thaynes13

    thaynes13 Thread Starter

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    It's supposed to work without a driver so I don't think it came with one. If you follow the instructions to the futureshop site in the first post - there are the model, make, and specs for it.

    I'll try going to their site.

    tom
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    USB mass storage devices are NOT recognized in W98 without a driver, the support is not native in the O/S. I don't think I can say it any plainer. :confused: What part of NOT didn't you understand?
     
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    is this the one your talking about


    K&C 128MB Universal Smart Drive
     
  9. Triple6

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    Read the info at the bottom of the page.

    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pr...7&sku_id=0665000FS10012074&catid=&newdeptid=1

    "This device does not require the download of any additional drivers and will run with the drivers contained right on the unit except on Windows 98/SE. Windows 98/SE drivers are supplied in the package (or can be found on our website) and you will need to download them the first time you use the USD."
     
  10. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Color me surprised. :rolleyes:
     
  11. thaynes13

    thaynes13 Thread Starter

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    Yeah thanks guys I got it to work. Wasn't actually my drive - I borrowed it from a friend so I didn't have the manual or any software that came with it. I went to the website printed on the drive and got it. Wasn't so hard but thanks anyways.

    tom
     
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