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Windows 98 usb storage device recognition failure. Help?

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Last response: in Storage
January 2, 2009 7:37:22 PM

I bought a Maxtor 3100 external storage device to match the one i allready have but my Windows 98 wont recognize it(The old one woks fine on the 98 machine). Inicially I bought a iMicro 3.5 external storge device and 98 recognized it as a new hardware device but wouldnt accept the driver than 98 simply quit recognizing either of the new storage devices. Both drives work great on XP but i need them on my old 98 computer for other projects. Any advice?

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a c 113 G Storage
January 2, 2009 7:52:29 PM

Install the drivers for that new external device. They should be included on a CD or be available for download from the manufcaturer's web site.
a b G Storage
January 2, 2009 7:54:30 PM

+ 1 for ghislaing

Windows 98 is so old it didnt even support USB when it was released . Later 98 se [ second edition ] did but you will still need drivers
January 2, 2009 7:54:57 PM

Hmm. Could be an issue of Windows 98 and your older system's motherboard not supporting USB 2.0.

Maxtor was bought by Seagate. Here's their Support site, with a listing of "All Products" with 3100 in their name.

Everything here is either an internal SATA drive, an eSATA, or USB2.0

Here's a link to the troubleshooting thing for one of their USB2.0 drives not being viewable on Windows 98/ME

Link to help find the right drivers for Windows 98/ME. Scroll down a ways and there are two links. One for current products, and one for older "legacy" products.