|Win 98SE has no built in drivers for recognizing flash drives - they did not exist when it was released. |
It used to be flash drives came with drivers for 98SE when they first came out, but that's no longer the case for new flash drives.
However, you can get generic drivers that support most flash drives, and many other USB connected devices and USB 2.0 controllers that there are no 98SE drivers for.
Go here on someone else's computer, and get the latest 3.x non-beta drivers, and install them on your computer. I use these.
The 2.x drivers have no uninstall for them in Add/Remove Programs , the 3.x drivers do.
The 3.x drivers fit easily on a floppy disk (7xx kb)
After the drivers have been installed...
The first time you plug in or install a USB device that hasn't been connected before that 98SE has no built in drivers for, 98SE will prompt you to have it search for drivers - let it do that, then in most cases the generic drivers will load for it - e.g. for a flash drive or memory card reader, you will then see the drive or memory card is recognized in My Computer and Windows Explorer as a drive letter, but it may only have a Removable Drive title for a flash drive or memory card. After that 98SE will recognize the same device automatically.
When you want to unplug a flash drive, or other device recognized by the drivers that makes the icon appear, while 98SE is running, to prevent damage to the data on it, RIGHT click on the grey rectangle with the large green arrow on it (the Safely Remove Hardware icon) that the drivers have installed in your taskbar lower right (it only appears when a USB device the drivers recognized has been plugged in), and STOP accessing the flash drive or other device. Then it's safe to unplug it. (If you aren't allowed to do that, you must stop accessing the drive or other device in My Computer or Windows Explorer, then try again.)
You can unplug it at any time when the computer is not running.
(The same applies when unplugging something that makes the icon appear in ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7, except the Safely Remove Hardware icon looks different in Vista and Windows 7.)
USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix.
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Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.
The drivers can't recognize Apple products, because there were never any 98SE drivers for them. E.g. Ipod, Ipod Shuffle, etc.
The Lexar web site is one of the very few that still may have 98SE drivers for flash drives you can download; however, if so, they will recognize only Lexar drives. The generic drivers recognize all sorts of flash drives, and other USB devices.