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External CD drive for Windows 98

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#1 brompcar


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:01 AM

Hi all,


I have an old desktop computer, bought circa 2000, which runs Windows 98.

Unfortunately the CD drive is close to/has failed. The computer doesn't have any external USB ports. I definitely need the CD drive so this is a problem.


Does anyone know any external CD drive that would be attachable to and would work with a computer that age? I can't replace the computer unfortunately, for various reasons I won't go into. 


Edited by brompcar, 20 January 2015 - 09:12 AM.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:26 AM

Hello, and Welcome


At that age you most likely have a IDE interface and not sata. You could buy a used one on EBAY. Edit: I don't think you could buy an external. Those are all USB. Depending on the MB, you could buy a PCI USB card. Then purchase a external CD/DVD USB drive.

Edited by JohnC_21, 20 January 2015 - 09:30 AM.

#3 Kilroy


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 07:09 AM

I'm with JohnC_21, you're best off replacing the CD drive.  Finding anything USB that will work with Windows 98 is going to be a task.  Part of that is because Windows 98 didn't support USB until OSR2.

#4 brompcar

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 07:19 AM

Hi both,

Thanks very much for your advice, it's much appreciated.

As per your suggestions, I bought an old IDE cd drive from eBay.co.uk and fitted it yesterday, it works perfectly, so problem solved (touch wood).

Many thanks again!


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