1TB is far beyond any 1998 machine may have ever expected to see. 1TB would and should be in the more advanced NTFS or for the Apple the apple file systems.
Nothing is truly wrong here. If you need something that works all around you have to reach for something in the Lowest Common Denominator or LCD. You'll want an 120GB drive formatted to FAT32 and NEVER TRUST IT as FAT32 is easily corrupted.
As to the 24 hours, the issue is pretty simple. Plugging an 1TB drive into systems that can't deal with such could corrupt the drive and you get to start over. There's a free lesson here.
I bought my first external drive a couple weeks ago. It was a Western Digital MyBook 1TB.
It would not get recognized on 4 different computers I tried it on. 2 of the computers were new and 2 were older.
1. Dell PC circa 1998
2. iMac circa 2001
3. New Toshiba Laptop 2008
4. Suped up MacBook
My "techy" friend was able to get it recognized on his Mac only after he ran it through a USB converter. The Dell recognized it for 5 minutes once and then that was it. I couldn't open any of the install programs. (Even though it says you don't have to install anything)
I did a bunch of research on these things....I know they are a crapshoot either way. Tons of reviews split between "best drive ever" and "this thing crashed in 24 hours and I lost everything."
1. Does the fact that most XHD's have a 2.0 USB make it not compatible with older computers or should that not matter?????
2. Is a 1TB XHD too big to hook up to these types of computers?
3. Did I just get a crappy XHD and that happens sometimes....go get another one?
4. WD vs. Seagate....these are said to be the best....any suggestions?
5. I got the 1TB because it was cheap and a ton of space. If I start with a 500 or 750, will those be less stressful on my systems and more easily recognizable?
Any help greatly appreciated!!! Thank you so very much!!