Windows 98 backup


#1

Can I use ‘My Passport Essential’ to backup all my files from an old PC running Windows 98 to transfer to a new laptop? 

If so, how?

Thanks.


#2

We no longer support our drives on older systems like Windows 98.  You won’t find any drivers for USB 2.0.


#3

The following generic mass storage drivers work very well with my Win98SE setup.

Windows 98 USB Mass Storage Device Drivers:
http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php

Here is another driver set:

Universal Win98 Mass Storage Driver:
http://www.wintricks.it//download/wtgenusb.zip

The first driver set includes USB 2.0 host controller drivers for various chipsets.

Be aware that your old hardware may not have a USB 2.0 controller, in which case you will be limited to transfer rates of about 1MB/s, whereas USB 2.0 will typically achieve 20MB/s. Look for an EHCI (enhanced) host controller in Device Manager, or use Microsoft’s UVCView utility to detect your USB hardware:

http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/USB_IDs/UVCView.x86.exe

If the USB 2.0 hardware isn’t there, you can install a cheap PCI USB 2.0 card. However, I would avoid those with a VIA chipset. These have lots of issues, as discussed at the following URL.

VIA USB Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting:
http://www.usbman.com/Guides/VIA%20Tips%20and%20Tricks.htm


#4

Excellent, fzabkar.  Thanks.