Installing External Firewire HD
Posted on 2002-03-20
A few months ago, I bought an external 30 gig Western Digital firewire hard drive. I have been unable to get the drive to install. At first I thought it was a problem with my operating system (Windows ME). I kept getting an error message telling me that my OS doesn't support firewire devices and I need to upgrade to Win 98 SE.
I decided to backup my files and reformat my internal hard drive. I reinstalled Windows ME, reinstalled all my drivers and software, and verified that my firewire card was installed correctly. Everything is set up perfectly, but I still can't set up the external HD.
I went to Western Digital's website and found out that their software was written before Windows ME came out, and it doesn't recognize Win ME as a compatible OS.
My question is this... can I set up the external HD without using the software that came with the drive? Or, would it be possible to boot up with a Win 98 SE startup disk and run the installation CD from there? Would the installer see Win 98 SE as the OS, or would it still error out because Win ME is installed on the C: drive? My concern is that I'll attempt to install the external HD and end up erasing my internal HD. I spent all last night loading software and drivers, and I don't want to have to do it again.
I need specific instructions for how to format the drive either using the WD software or directly from Windows. This drive will be used only for data storage. I don't intend to make it bootable.