Real working USB flash drive for 98SE?

October 4, 2009 at 00:09:32
Specs: Windows 98SE, Athlon XP 2600
I have an old laptop running Win98SE that I use as a secondary system. I have searched for hours for a USB flash drive that verifiably works with 98se, meaning a driver can be downloaded off of the manufacturer's website. I would prefer a name brand (Sandisk, Kingston) and a capacity of 1GB or more. Don't need the newest and biggest. And old drive would work as long as it has a driver for 98se. Could someone please help? Thanks

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October 4, 2009 at 06:26:11
Have a look at Lexar flash drives.

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October 4, 2009 at 08:37:51
"Have a look at Lexar flash drives."

Specifically on that page -

Windows 98 Driver for all Lexar JumpDrives

Personally I use generic 98SE USB drivers that were cobbled together by (a) third party(ies).
They work fine for most USB flash drives, memory card readers, and many other USB things that don't come with 98SE drivers.
There are two version series of these generic drivers - 2.x and 3.x . 3.x also supports most USB 2.0 controller cards and most USB 2.0 controllers built into mboards.

The only thing about them is there is no un-install for them, but so far I've had no problems with them. I'm using the 2.x series drivers.
Presumably you could un-install them by examining the *.inf file that installed them and removing what that installed.

Specifically the 2.x series drivers have no problem recognizing
- a Lexar Jump Drive - 512mb
- Kingston DataTraveler - 512mb and 2gb
- a Certified Data memory multi card reader (sold by London Drugs)
- a Centrios Compact Flash card reader (sold by Radio Shack)

- cannot recognize an iPod Shuffle
- may not be able to recognize an iPod anything
Apple has never had drivers and associated software for anything less than 2000 for their iPod products.

For these generic drivers...

When you plug in a device the first time, Windows finds it, then asks you if you want it to search for drivers - let it do that - it usually automatically finds the info it needs. From then on that particular device is recognized automatically when you plug it in. If the device requies it, an icon appears in your taskbar for Safely Remove Hardware that looks just like the one in 2000 and XP - a grey rectangle with a bright green arrow on it.

For any USB device that has data on ot that can be unplugged, any version of Windows....
Whenever you are going to be unplugging a device while Windows is running, you need to click on that Safely Remove Hardware icon and choose to STOP accessing the device, BEFORE you unplug it, otherwise the data may be damaged.
If you were accessing the drive letter of the device before you click on that Safely Remove Hardware icon, you may not be allowed to STOP accessing it - in that case, accesssome other drive letter and then click on that Safely Remove Hardware icon.

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