Unfortunately, you didn't post enough information about your external drive unit, so the solution to your problem could lie in several areas.
First I would suggest that you verify that your drive is still functioning properly. This can be done by pluging it into a system that runs the same OS that you used to run. You may also be able to verify that it still runs by pluging it into a system that has any OS other than the one you're having trouble with.
Second, go the the following Seagate driver link (below) to see if they hold an answer to your driver problem. If it does not hold the answer, then try to send your question to their tech support group.
Third, check Microsoft's support site for that OS. They may also have an updated driver that you can downlowd.
Lastly, when the OS asks you to install the driver, try inserting your original OS disk into your CD unit and use the ADD NEW HARDWARE function. The software may just need to reinstall the original USB or Firewire drivers from the original disk.
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First make sure usb cable connected to harddrive is working fine.
try it in different usb ports.
Press windows key +R key so you can see run then type in run "devmgmt.msc" then press ok so you can see device manager uninstall all usb drivers then it automatic install usb drivers.
Also you need to change registry for that type in run "regedit" then press ok then you can see registry editor then locate below key.
And remove upper filter and lower filter.Then restart computer then check.
Try your harddrive in different computer if it is not recognized on another computer too then your harddrive has internal issue.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Remove (or take to your local computer shop) the Win 98 hard drive from the computer. Put this drive in an external USB drive enclosure. Plug this enclosure into a Windows XP vintage computer. Copy the data to this computer.
When unplugging your exdternal hardrive using USB, always "Eject" that device such as your HDD.
Connecting it to another USB port (if not done yet) is an alternative.
Connecting to another computer might be a good solution and see if it will be recognized.
Re-installing the manufacturer's driver migth do the trick (if it has a driver because normally, nowadays it is Plug and Play).
Checking connectors for obvious damage will also solve this problem.
Last but not the least, these external hardrive will mal-function just like any other electronics. If it is covered by warranty, ask the manufacturer to replace it otherwise just buy a new one. The only drawback is your files or data written in that HDD.
hi..the reason for your problem is your extenal
hard drive has been affected by viruses.The best
solution to this problem is scanning your hard drive.
once you scan it u will be free of viruses and your
laptop will be able to recognise your hard drive.
try it out..