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Which drivers for USB External Hard Drive ?

I've bought a 250GB USB Hard Drive consisting of a Western Digital WD2500BB 3.5 inch drive in a Dynamode Caddy. The drive is formatted FAT32. It works fine on my XP machine but not on either of my two Windows 98SE machines.

When I connect the drive, Windows 98 says it's detected a Mass Storage device and then goes into the Add Hardware routine. I tried pointing it to every driver I can find on the supplied CD without success.

The shop advised I run a programme "USB to IDE Bridge(Ant 6390) Generic Win98 Driver Setup_v1.00.exe" from the CD, then reboot, then reconnect the drive. I still just get the same response from Windows - Mass Storage Device Detected, then the request for drivers.

I'm not ever clear which drivers it's looking for - for the bridge, or the drive itself. Any ideas?

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  • Bluebard Feb 09, 2008

    Sorry Drummernick, not quite understood. You mean enclosure is not 98SE compatible?

    Am actually planning to upgrade 1 machine to XP - I actually bought the disk to archive off the data! However, I really want to use the drive with my lap top too and that's too old to run XP.



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Well, Occam's razor philosophy!  I just tried on my 250 Gb IOMEGA external HDD on Win98 and it worked. "Mass storage" jargon driver does NOT work. HOWEVER if you declare it as "USB FLASH DISK", it WORKS, (after computer reboots), though not that speedy. Anyway, you can do your job. Now if you have found any better solution, please forward it at Thank you! 

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Thats not made for 98 only will see so far into it i would get xp on it then show up perfectly ok

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

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    nick helpap Feb 09, 2008

    ya well it will be limit with win 98 32 gb sumtimes ok try windows update on old machine custum scan look for hardware updates ect and any oithers might help



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