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It is not your computer that needs drivers, it is the hardware you need to connect to the operating system that needs a driver. From Windows 7 and up, Microsoft only allows drivers, if the manufacturer asked for certification and the hardware and driver and they work conform Microsofts demands. If the hardware and driver is certified the driver is also on the Microsoft website. Most of the time if you use new hardware the operating system goes to Microsoft to see if there is a correct driver and then installs the driver.
For older hardware, only few manufactures make drivers and ask certification. Most only develop drivers for their new hardware. So for older hardware there are only a few drivers. If Microsoft can't deliver drivers, or the manufacturer from the hardware can't, you are lost. The devices won't work with the new operating system. Nobody told you that before upgrading. Since I upgraded to win 7 I could not use several expensive things I was used to, like a great Logitec webcam in a sphere, a great sound card from Creative labs, with break out box and so on.
Have you tried to shut down the computer, unplug the usd external drive, reboot the computer, plug in the USB external HDD the should apply the driver. That said, Have you tried a Thumb Drive or any other USB device in the USB ports? It's a common problem when upgrading a OS that Hardware issues popup. Open the Device Manager, Is your USB controller working? Enabled? Any other devices in error? Unknown devices? Use the Win 7 drivers for your computer found on the computer manufacturer's website. Change the compatibility on the driver for Win 8.
Both Microsoft and SanDisk stopped support for Windows 98 (that is the 1998 version of Windows) in the middle of 2008 (two years ago). So, if Windows 98 does not recognize the "plug-and-play" device (manufactured since the middle of 2008), then you'll have to upgrade your computer to Windows XP or Vista or 7, or use an "older" flash-drive that Windows 98 did support.
I am assuming that you are installing this on VISTA or XP. First of all you should make sure that you are actually connecting to a reliable power source because most of the time the USB enclosre you are connecting to would not supply sufficent power to power up the drive so I do not think that at this point in time it is a driver issue. Also make sure that if you have 2 wires you connect BOTH and not just one of them to the USB. If you have WIN XP Service pack 1 upgrade to Service pack 2. Vista should be ok. Another thing you should check is that if you have another computer (different brand if possible) see if this drive works fine on the other one. Also make sure that if you are connecint you hard drive to the FRONT USB try the BACK ONES and seee if that improves matters. Last thing you should check is the BIOS settings: make sure that you are the voltage of the USB's is set to the highest possible and that the mode is USB 2.0 (in CMOS). Hope that these solutions will solve your issue!
if you use it on win 95 or win 98 or vista you need specfic drivers for you usb disk if you get this on win xp please change the usp ports and use another port to insert the disk one of the ports has to recognise. if the problem persists the usb port controllor on motherboards needs to be checked for faults or uninstalled drivers , if nothing works try a pci to usb internal card and dont forget to loaad drivers . this card has 3 to 6 ports for usb