Fallout82 - you didn't say, - did you fix it?
FWIW I'd forget using USB on plain Win98 - . . posters here have explained.
For Win98, I suggest you use an internal HDD - if you can find the controller socket -or cable connector etc, - it should call this drive-D for example - it will need formatting - then Copy your data over - a good opportunity to create some Order in the filing system. (perish the thought).
Then you can remove the HDD and it's done....note that it doesn't have to be screwed-in...provided you are careful it could rest on something OR a temporary bracket for support if there is "no room" for the drive. Watch the PSU-rating, although a modern drive should take less current.
You can get in-line SMPSU's that will power just one HDD...this might be an alternative to avoid any PSU issues.
+Be aware that Win98 may not support the modern file-system...this needs to be checked.....but it should allow you to copy files. That way the data is a lot safer.
Probably you have the original Disc+Key, so it's possible to create a new primary HDD then copy back your files....you'll have a "new" computer, albeit with some restrictions. However, for basic computing it is good enough, although sometime you'll want that new-Kit, which only comes with XP or later Drivers......If you plan to keep it, check that CMOS battery....it may be about to cause you grief.
Hope that helps.
Last edited by harry12 : 07-17-2010 at 08:39 AM.