Can you add an external drive to a win 98 computer

Is it possible to add an external drive to a windows 98 computer?

Trevor Franks
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  1. Sure, PCs from when 98 was out should all have USB ports. Just make sure the drive supports it, things are not always guaranteed to work in such an old OS, especially larger drives. If the PC does not have USB2 though expect very slow file copy speeds.
  2. If you do not have Windows 98 drivers for you external drive then you need a generic driver the best one to use is Maximus Decim Native USB ver.3.3 (3.5 is available)

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/43605-maximus-decim-native-usb-drivers/


    http://rapidshare.com/files/70087438/nusb33e.exe.html
  3. pjmelect said:
    If you do not have Windows 98 drivers for you external drive then you need a generic driver the best one to use is Maximus Decim Native USB ver.3.3 (3.5 is available)

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/43605-maximus-decim-native-usb-drivers/


    http://rapidshare.com/files/70087438/nusb33e.exe.html



    Thanks for this information. I will certainly get the driver.

    Trevor Franks
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  4. To avoid the ads, banners, popups, etc, go here (as stated in my first post):
    http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php
  5. The generic USB mass storage driver normally works. If it does not, you may be able to find Windows 98 drivers for your external hdd on the manufacturer's website.
  6. Quote:
    To avoid the ads, banners, popups, etc, go here (as stated in my first post):
    http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php


    There are no ads,banners,popups etc here

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/43 [...] b-drivers/

    and the driver is also clean. You may get a few ads when you download it from Rapidshare but no more than this site.
  7. Maybe I should have just cut-and-pasted the following into my first post:

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    The following generic mass storage drivers work very well with my Win98SE setup.

    Windows 98 USB Mass Storage Device Drivers:
    http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php

    Here is another driver set:

    Universal Win98 Mass Storage Driver:
    http://www.wintricks.it//download/wtgenusb.zip

    The first driver set includes USB 2.0 host controller drivers for various chipsets.

    Be aware that your old hardware may not have a USB 2.0 controller, in which case you will be limited to transfer rates of about 1MB/s, whereas USB 2.0 will typically achieve 20MB/s. Look for an EHCI (enhanced) host controller in Device Manager, or use Microsoft's UVCView utility to detect your USB hardware:

    http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/USB_IDs/UVCView.x86.exe

    If the USB 2.0 hardware isn't there, you can install a cheap PCI USB 2.0 card. However, I would avoid those with a VIA chipset. These have lots of issues, as discussed at the following URL.

    VIA USB Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting:
    http://www.usbman.com/Guides/VIA%20Tips%20and%20Tricks.htm
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