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Windows 98 - external hard drive and flash drives dont work

By kittykat871 ยท 4 replies
Nov 24, 2008
  1. HI all, I was wondering if any of you could help.

    I have a friend with an old laptop that runs Windows 98, it doesnt have a burner, just a CD ROM, it does however have USB ports.

    I have been trying to get some photos off it for him to put on his desktop where he can burn them to disc, but how do I do this. I have tried both a flash drive which does not have plug and play drivers for Win98 and also an external hard drive, which is telling me the same thing.

    Any suggestions?

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You need the drivers to run flash drives on Windows 98
    Most flash drives (in retail stores) came with this driver disc

    If you don't have this disc, you will need to download it from the flash drive manufacturer (actually some are now not supplying this software any longer!)

    Worse case scenario, is physically removing the harddrive and then using a USB adapter to plug it into an updated computer
  3. kittykat871

    kittykat871 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Awesome, thanks. I finally found a driver here and will let you know if it works... if not, I guess I will have to work out another way to do it. I have an IDE computer here for just that reason, but have never pulled apart a laptop before, I am assuming that the HDD will be the same with the same IDE cables, etc, only compacted?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well that technical board help was discussing Voyager flash drives
    And it also is holding the drivers there (which is strange)
    You need to go to your manufacturers support page for your flash drive
    That's the best link to supply a member (link to the manufacturer support page)
    So I don't know why they're linking to their own server, many forums handle things differently I suppose


    Oh I see now
    RAM GUY Corsair Product Guru He's the support guy for which sells Voyager flash drives
    Gee wiz, it makes it difficult to tell this! It looked like it was some tech thread
  5. kittykat871

    kittykat871 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes, it looked confusing, but when I searched the manufacturers pages I couldn't find the drivers anywhere, so I googled the drivers and found them on the technical support boards for corsair (the link that I gave). Not exactly easy! Still haven't tried installing them yet, if I get time tomorrow to drop into my friend's place and try it I will.
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