|If the storage device is being recognised by Win98FE then upgrading the SE isn't going to improve the situation. |
One question I haven't asked before is this. What is the capacity of the USB drive? If less than 127GB the simple solution may be to temporarily connect the drive to the internal controllers in order to partition and format. Once that is accomplished you should be able to place it back into the enclosure.
How is the harddrive jumpered in the enclosure? Normally these enclosures require a master setting or even total removal of all jumpers.
As I stated, but possibly not clearly enough, there are two components to the external drive. The enclosure, which appears to be working, and the hardrive inside, which is not being seen in My Computer.
Normally Win98 will not allow you to connect a harddrive to the system without formatting it. That statement is based on IDE controller connections, which was the main harddrive connection method when Win98 was written. Now you have USB. Normally when you buy an complete external drive package it comes pre-formatted using FAT32. This is done to maximize compatibility.
You are caught in a catch 22 situation of your own making. You have elected to use USB because Win98 by default can't access a drive partition larger than 137GB. Additionally your computer BIOS can't properly configure a harddrive larger than 137GB. In order to use a drive with a capacity larger than 137GB on your system you are compelled to use an external drive. External USB/1394 drives are not resricted to that 137GB barrier on your system.
I believe that once that harddrive is partitioned and formatted your computer will be able to access the drive. The problem now is to prepare the drive. Because you can't access the drive the nomal way I am suggesting the Discwizard software. This software installs to a bootable floppy or CDR and therefore isn't reliant on Win98 to configure the drive. The only issue is wheather or not the software will see the USB drive.
If that doesn't work you may need to temporarily connect to a newer computer to partition and format the drive.