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USB Flash memory Drive on Windows 95


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bz8vvt

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:tazz: My father in-law has an old Dell Latitude CPi portable computer running Windows 95. We got him a new computer but we want to transfer some of the files (mostly pictures) off of his old system on to his new system. The CD drive that came with the portable was not a burner. We took a CD-RW/DVD drive out of a newer Dell 'C' series computer but Windows 95 did not have a driver for it and we can not find the driver disk for the newer Dell. I tried plugging in a 64K flash key in the USB port. Windows 95 recognizes a new piece of hardware and looks for a driver but can't find one.
Do you know of a driver we can use for the flash key or the CDRW?
Thanks
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Wow, you are going to have a hard time with this one. Win 95 is no longer supported, and it's hard to find drivers for. Especially for newer hardware. I don't know of any drivers, but I suggest you try the manufacturers website to see if you can find help.

It might be easier to network the old computer to the new one and transfer that way.
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In the end you'll probably find it easier to take the hard drive out of ye olde machine and make it a slave in the new one and just move the files over. You don't even have to mount it in the new machine, just make sure it doesn't make electrical contact with anything it shouldn't.

The machnes use very different file systems and the new one can see the old files, but not vice-versa.
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One normally gets drivers from the manufacturer, in this case of the pen drive. Try their website. If they have no 95 driver, you might try a 98 driver, but there is some danger in that.

I agree with one of the previous replies that temporarily connecting the hard drive as a slave in the new PC is most likely to succeed. Be sure to set the jumpers to "slave". If you need info on the jumper settings, go to the the hard drive manufacture's web site.

Other options that might work include:

1. Mount a ZIP-100 drive in the old PC. Iomega still offers drivers for win95 machines. Unfortunately, unless you can get one used, ZIP drives and disks tend to be pricy. Also, you would then need to connec tthe same drie to the new PC, at least temporaril. To be clear, the ZIP dos not need to fit inside the PC (portable you said?). It only need to be connected to power and an IDE signal connector.

2. Try a bootale rescue CD, most of which are LINUX based. These can boot a PC into a version of LINUX more modern than 1995, thereby bypassing some of the win95 limitations. Such rescue CDs come with their own drivers, and can run CD burning software, USB, etc. BUT, their use is predicated upon being able to set the BIOS of the PC to boot from CD.

My favorite rescue CD is KNOPPIX. That is a big, full-featured program that is offered as a free download in the form of a 700 Meg ISO image. They also offer a multi-Gig DVD ISO image. You could try the CD image, but first read their minimum hardware requirements.

http://www.knoppix.org/

There is a mini-KNOPPIX at: http://www.inittab.org/lite.html

Other, smaller, free rescue CDs include. Some will work on win95 era computers:

http://trinityhome.org/trk/

http://www.inside-se.../insert_en.html

http://www.avast.com...st_bart_cd.html

http://frenzy.org.ua/eng/

http://www.tux.org/p.../looplinux/rip/

http://repairlix.sourceforge.net/

HINT: If you want to try to use the USB pen drive, be sure to plug it into the computer BEFORE booting from any of these rescue CDs.
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Thanks Everyone for the help.
I did find someone at work who had a ZIP drive gathering dust on a shelf. I down loaded drivers from Iomega and was able to retrieve the pictures from the hard drive.
Thanks again.
Sorry for the delay in responding to your help. I was not able to get the drive and try until this week-end. :tazz:
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