Solved What kind of External Hard Drive to get?

May 29, 2018 at 20:50:27
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2
I'm looking for an external hard drive to back up my Win 7 laptop, plus store the files from my old Win 98 computer and need to know what I can get for both. My question is what can I get that will work for the older computer with it's USB 1.0 port, where the ones I see only go back to USB 2.0, or is there one that will work some other way, like a parallel port of ethernet cable? Thanks for the help.

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May 30, 2018 at 16:44:32
Your Compaq specs Hard Drive, shows you have an > Hard Drive 250GB (5400RPM)

Take the hard out, add an extra cable ( you can use the DVD cables ) to the HP if needed, make the Compaq drive slave ( if IDE ) & copy your stuff over.

Extract from your Compaq manual.
https://i.imgur.com/ouLgc0A.gif

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#1
May 29, 2018 at 21:22:08
"Win 7 laptop"
Exact model of the laptop please.

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May 29, 2018 at 22:24:02
What version of Windows 98?
Version 1, had almost no support for USB devices, SE or Second Edition had limited support for USB devices.

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May 29, 2018 at 22:25:43
This page described a procedure to share files on Win98.
https://techingiteasy.wordpress.com...

Or you can try to copy files to a USB drive on the Win 98 and paste in Win 7


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#4
May 29, 2018 at 23:04:28
Forget the Windows 98 PC - - that should be scrapped as it's now just a museum piece.

For the Win7 PC, recommend you buy a WD external - - all you have to decide is whether to get a small USB-powered portable one or a larger mains-powered one. I've got both kinds since I like to have my backups in triplicate.

For pities sake don't buy a Seagate model - - very poor reliability (and I'm talking from 20 years personal experience).


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May 30, 2018 at 04:50:28
Hi TCW,

suggest consider a USB 2.0 Card for your W98 Computer.
You only require one with a few external ports.

These cards are inexpensive and about 12 times the speed of USB 1.0,
which makes a huge difference when backing up.

Make sure it the Card chosen has the drivers for W98.

Good Luck - Keep us posted..

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May 30, 2018 at 06:37:39
Laptop is a Compaq Presario CQ56. The 98 machine is a HP, second edition 98, I don't really use, I just need to get the files and pictures off of it without going through a whole complicated process.

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May 30, 2018 at 06:50:19
Most USB 2.0 devices will also work on USB 1.0/1.1 ports. I'd first recommend looking at this for the Win98 machine:

http://www.technical-assistance.co....

....then downloading the drivers for Win98se. You'll need to put it on something like a floppy disk (assuming the HP has a floppy drive) and install them on the Win98 machine. It'd be best if you first attempted transferring files to a small (less than 4GB) flash drive to see if it works. During this, copy and do not move files if the flash drive appears to work (should the move process fail, you could lose the files permanently). If there's no problems in this, you may wish to try a larger external USB hard drive (if there's more than the flash drive can handle). But don't try anything above 64GB:

https://www.philscomputerlab.com/wi...

If the files are important, I'd recommend backing them up to optical-media (CD-R/DVD+/-R) with 2 copies...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 30, 2018 at 09:20:35
Can you burn the Win98 files to CDs or DVDs?

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May 30, 2018 at 15:42:19
Yes but it would take a while.

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May 30, 2018 at 16:37:18
"Can you burn the Win98 files to CDs or DVDs?"
"Yes but it would take a while."
If the machine has a CDr drive then it will work but back then you had to make sure that no programs are open aside from the burning software or it may fail. Everyone had many 'CD Coasters' from failed burns.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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May 30, 2018 at 16:44:32
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Your Compaq specs Hard Drive, shows you have an > Hard Drive 250GB (5400RPM)

Take the hard out, add an extra cable ( you can use the DVD cables ) to the HP if needed, make the Compaq drive slave ( if IDE ) & copy your stuff over.

Extract from your Compaq manual.
https://i.imgur.com/ouLgc0A.gif

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