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windows 98 file transfer

by susie836 / October 24, 2010 12:00 AM PDT

Can you tell me how i can transfer my files or even save them as my old computer is dying out. I have tried the usb port and i could not find a driver. I am not that computer savvy as to repairs. I have tried transferring thru emails but that would take forever. i purchased the Kingston data traveller 101 4gb.
Can anyone help me.thanks

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Re: file transfer
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 24, 2010 12:06 AM PDT

Let's hope it isn't too late yet. Sometimes it is. That's the moment people regret not having a backup.

The solution:
1. Buy an external hard disk enclosure (the right one for your disk) or SATA/IDE-USB2-cable.
2. Get the disk out of the case and into that enclosure or onto that cable.
3. Find a Windows XP, Vista or 7 PC to get your files off.
Couldn't be easier.

The alternative: see if any of the generic drivers from work.


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windows 98 transfer
by susie836 / October 24, 2010 4:03 AM PDT
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I will try it

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Re : file transfer
by bruceclarke96 / November 19, 2010 5:45 PM PST
In reply to: windows 98 transfer

another way is to use a "live" cd of Puppy linux you can use it to rescue/transfer windows files to a HDD or if there is sufficient room on it a flash drive.

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Easiest way to transfer files from a dying computer
by otr_man / December 1, 2010 3:07 AM PST
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The very easiest way to save the files from a dying computer, for someone who is not an experienced computer user, is to buy a new computer and then sit the two computers side-by-side.

Connect them together with a data transfer cable, connecting them by their USB ports. Such a cable can be purchased on-line, along with data transfer software, at a cost of about $50. Usually described as a USB data transfer cable.

There are chaper ones, that use the parellel ports (printer ports) instead of the USB ports. But transfer speeds are much slower if you use the parallel ports.

You can use any file transfer program, not just the one that comes with the transfer cable. These cables often come with software that doesn't support Windows 98: if so you just have to download some (free) file tranfer software, that runs on Win98, from the internet. I still use a file transfer program for Windows 98 or Windows ME called LapLink 2000 (oddly, that program must be started twice to run under Windows ME).

Start the software running on both computers, and the transfer program will detect the cable and the other computer, and provide a window much like the Windows 98 Explorer window, showing computer A in the left-hand pane, and computer B in the right-hand pane. Then copying the files to the new computer is just like copying a file with Windows Explorer.

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reply to query complete
by odaboru1234 / July 6, 2011 5:31 AM PDT

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How to access a USB device in DOS
by otr_man / July 17, 2011 11:28 PM PDT
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Windows 98 computers do not support booting from a USB device.

They support booting from the floppy drive or from the CD-ROM drive, if the hard disk is inaccessible.

Once booted, even if you boot to DOS from the floppy drive, you can access any USB device that Windows 98 is capable of reading.

Full details of how to access a USB device in DOS is set out at

In particular, look at this section of that page -

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My old machines did boot from USB.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2011 2:46 AM PDT

Windows 98 computers do not support booting from a USB device.

I've see some do this as well as CD booting.
Everytime we make a blanket statement like that, someone will prove it wrong.

More on topic, I continue to find the easy exit to be to put the old drive into some USB case.

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same problem
by aang2 / July 30, 2011 2:13 PM PDT

I sort of have the same problem. my old 98 already broke, but i was able to pry out the hard drive from it and put in my newer laptop. it booted 98 successfully, but it has a lot of driver problems. I'm unable to establish an internet connection, it has a horrible display resolution, doesn't support my Kingston data traveler 101 GB. also i don't want to buy an external hard drive just for one use.

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So what are the options?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2011 2:18 PM PDT
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