external hard drive on a PCMCIA firewire

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I'm running a 2715XDVD Toshiba laptop with Win98Se, and I've got a FireWire 1394 PCMCIA card with a 3.5" Pro-Series Oxford 911 Chipset FireWire Drive Enclosure.  I installed a 100Gb Western Digital Caviar hard drive into the FireWire Drive Enclosure.  The device manager sees the 1394 Bus Controller, PCI OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller, SBP2 Compliant IEEE 1394 Device, and a 1394 Disk Storage Device but how do I get My Computer to recognize the harddrive as a usable disk?  Basically how do I get the computer to recognize the 100Gb of disk so I can use it?  I would of thought that the enclosure would of come with some software or a specific driver, but it didn't come with any software.  I also checked the Western Digital web site, but I didn't have any luck finding a driver there either.  I would appreciate any help or assistance in this matter.  Thanks for taking the time to read this question!
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Did you format the drive?

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I also found this that might help


WINDOWS 98 SE 1394 STORAGE UPDATE - Microsoft offers an update for Windows SE users that enables you to safely disconnect FireWire storage devices and corrects other performance issues. We recommend all users of Windows 98 SE download the Windows 98 SE 1394 Storage Supplement at Microsoft.com.

http://www.firewiremax.com/firdriv.html
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Have you run FDISK from within Windows, then choose 5 to change fixed disk, then indicate the drive above?  I don't know if FDISK will be able to operate on the drive when connected via firewire though...worst case is that you'll have to connect the drive to a desktop system (out of the case), then partition/format it, then reinstall in the firewire case and reconnect to the laptop.  If FDISK does work, you'll still need an additional update to fdisk such a large drive (Win98 has a 64GB limitation in FDISK).  You can get the update here:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q263/0/44.ASP?LN=EN-US

This may be available via WindowsUpdate also (as is the update Snowguy linked).  You should go to WindowsUpdate several times after each install it does, as some patches depend on other patches to be loaded first.

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>>>(Win98 has a 64GB limitation in FDISK).  

snowguy<<<< wondering how I partitioned my 90gig HD
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What I meant to say was the FDISK in Win98/SE had unusual behavior when using a drive over 64GB.  If you'll read the article you'll see what I mean.  Its not that is doesn't work necessarily, it just doesn't show correct partition sizes.  Maybe you used Partition Magic or your drive's vendor's utilities....

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Re: I thank both of you for all the ideas and help; I guess I was just too lazy to pull out  100Gig drive from the enclosure and mount in another unit to format.  I had already updated the BIOS and all windows updates. I wish I could give both of you the points, but I gave them to Snowguy because he said to remove the hard drive from the enclosure.  I had tried to format the drive when it was in the enclosure but the laptop wouldn't recognize it and I apologize for taking so long, but x-mas has put a bite into my schedule.

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To: dogztar and Snowguy

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Re: I thank both of you for all the ideas and help; I guess I was just too lazy to pull out  100Gig drive from the enclosure and mount in another unit to format.  I had already updated the BIOS and all windows updates. I wish I could give both of you the points, but I gave them to dogztar because he said to remove the hard drive from the enclosure.  I had tried to format the drive when it was in the enclosure but the laptop wouldn't recognize it and I apologize for taking so long, but x-mas has put a bite into my schedule.

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To dogztar and Snowguy,
    I apologize for mixing you guys up on the comments I posted; I didn't mess up on awarding the points. I thank both of you for the info, and you guys have a great X-mas.
                            Thanks again,
                            ziggerzagger1

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Thanks so much for your help!
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer

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Glad we could help!

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