USB 1.0 adapter or work around

I have a machine at my workplace that runs Windows 98 and we use to run a piece of analytical equipment ( its a laboratory) the machine does not have any kind of internet access and the only way to get information off of this machine is with USB, however it does not have the drivers to recognize my USB 2.0 thumb drive. Is there such an adapter available that I can use my 2.0, is it possible to format a more recent USB drive to be recognized as 1.0 (Obviously if the difference between 2.0 and 1.0 is hardware based this wouldn't work or lastly is there a reliable source that I could get a USB 1.0 drive from to use with this instrument.

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What I had to do

I keep my last 512 MB (megabyte) USB stick for such work. W98 was a PITR about USB memory support and you can't put large sticks on the machine.

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eBay and Amazon Have Them

As to reliability, that's an issue you'll have to deal with. I saw some 1 MB versions, a ten pack, at the link below for $12 US so they're cheap.:

And I saw some larger ones, which don't have good reviews and seem too large for the Win98 machine, but it's a ten pack for $10.

They're cheap enough that even if half of them work, then it would be worth it. It's up to you.

Hope this helps.


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