It does not appear that kingston has released any support for its pen drives for windows 98. I would highly suggest upgrading your operating system. You may still be able to contact kingston, they may have a fix but it seems fairly unlikely.
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pen drives are very fragile HWs and bound to behave funny sometimes...if u have critical data in them u ....it may be lost for ever sometimes.....
only a low level format or a windows simple format can revive it back....even i as an expert have faced issues with my 8 GB kingston pen drive many times...so i have moved to using 4.7GB DVD RW disk media (DVD RW disk costs just a few $)....and they r re-usable/erasable/re-writable....and most of the PCs have a DVD drive now a days.....it also is resistance to any virus being writen on them from another infected system....but a pen drive can get infected with a virus, by just connecting it to the USB port....
if it does not see it and do not attend to auto-install ...try from the control panel add new hardware ...or device manager update driver..if it does not work ..it means that is not compatible ...it might ask you for the windows 98 disk to install the driver from there
I purchased on Transcend 2GB Pen Drive... will it support both Windows 98 and Windows Xp ????? Becos Previously I had 1 GB which supported initially and then got problems .. So now I went for 2 GB ... please advice....
Windows 98 is not capable of recornizing the mass storage devices, but windows 2000 and XP, vista has the capability to automatically recognize the USB mass storage devices.
Thats why your Windows 98 is not recognizing. So, to use the mass-storage device like your pen drive you have to install device driver to your windows 98 system for your pendrive.
If you don't have the driver, then goto pendrive manufacturer site, there you can found the driver for your pen-drive for windows 98, download it, and install on your windows 98 system..... n njoy,,... :))
The people at your local computer shop are wrong but, Windows 98 should at least recognize the USB thumb-drive and ask for drivers.
I would remove all the USB Controllers from within Device Manager and restart; allow Windows upon restart to reload the USB Controllers; then plug in the drive and see if Windows at least recognizes and then install drivers.
It seems only the DTI/XX, KUSBDTE/XX, and DTII/XX support Windows 98.