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Cannot see USB drive Win98 w/generic driver download

 
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skippy



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Cannot see USB drive Win98 w/generic driver download Reply with quote

hi i've been following some posts on Win98 systems having trouble detecting USB mass storage devices, and haven't seen exact issue i'm running into. After downloading the FE service pack and the generic driver, it "sees" my storage device but doesn't show it under My Computers so I don't know how to access it. It does show up under Device Manager though.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is probably formatted with NTFS. Check this post:
Drive Recognised but not Available
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked the file system of the USB device under 'properties' on my XP computer, and it says FAT. The old computer I'm trying to get this to work on is Win98 First Edition, by the way, if that makes a difference. noted the previous posts were referring to Win98SE. any other things to check?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you try the following:

Arrow Click on Start, then Run
Arrow Type in command and press Enter
Arrow Type in cd desktop and press Enter
Arrow Type in fdisk /status > fdisk.txt and press Enter

You should now have a file on the Desktop called fdisk.txt open this and post the contents on here.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upon entering "command" I get the folllowing:
C:\WINDOWS\Desktop>
upon typing "cd desktop" I get:
Invalid directory

Otherwise, if I type fdisk/status>fdisk.txt directly after C:\WINDOWS\Desktop>, I get the following:
Fixed Disk Drive Status
Disk Drv MBytes Free Usage
1 12410
C: 12410


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the fdisk.txt file is empty.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does only 1 drive show there? There should be 2 one for your hard drive and one for the USB drive - it is plugged in isn't it?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup the drive is plugged in.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you plug the drive in to your XP computer, backup anything that you want from it. Remove the partition, recreate a FAT partition and format it. Does Windows 98 recognise it now?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I'm looking at this correctly, but it shows under Computer Management as a single partition, and the option to 'delete partition' is grayed out.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the drive write protected? Some drives have a switch on the side to write protect or lock them.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've actually decided to try a different route rather than keep wrestling with this. Thanks so much for your help though - I really appreciate your efforts!
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