External USB HD Support NT 4.0 SP6!

Posted on 2004-11-18
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I have a slew (read: thousands) of Dell GX1 systems that require me to connect an external USB hard drive for migration purposes.  Does anyone here know if there is a specific USB external hard drive or hard drive caddy I can purchase that will permit such a thing?

Here's what I already know:
Dell GX1's do have (2) 1.1 usb ports available.
NT 4.0 was not made to support USB, does not officially support it, etc...I don't really need to be reminded anymore!
Dell's website provided no downloads specific to USB support with that model desktop.

This is an incredibly urgent issue and as such I am assigning max points, as an answer will (IMO) be on the same level as an act of God.

Question by:jeremiahj
    LVL 95

    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    You'd have to find a specific brand of drive/enclosure with USB drivers for NT - Iomega might be one place to look - later versions of their external USB Zip drives had drivers for making them work with NT - but they are specific to Iomega Zip drives - the USB drivers won't work for other products.
    LVL 95

    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    You could also consider a product like this:

    You can use the parallel port on the NT box, usb everywhere else.
    LVL 5

    Accepted Solution

    Here is the answer to your question: USB has no native support in NT4 - true, BUT...

    1. Why won't you use an Ethernet/USB HD enclosure - this is really easy:

    I think this is the best solution for you, because it works the same as USB (Plug and play) and you don't need to configure it in anyway. The price is a little high, but considering the "slew" number and the urgency - this is your item.

    In case you would like to invest some more into USB solution:

    2. Read this link:

     - same problem, USB for NT 4: (they point to a driver package for USB for NT4 some 3rd party :

    Good Luck.
    LVL 1

    Author Comment


    I can't use the ethernet enclosure as I am not allowed to intrude on the customer's network and the system must remain connected to the PDC for the migration tool to work properly.

    Also, while I'm still open to answers, I actually found a Dell provided generic USB driver that should do the trick (will find out in less than 24 hours in the lab anyways).

    If anyone else knows of a similar solution let me know.  Otherwise I'll be happy to split the points, as both answers were helpful in their own way.

    : )  
    LVL 1

    Author Comment

    I didn't realize u had linked the Dell driver directly in your post.  Points are yours mulhalok!

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Maximize Your Threat Intelligence Reporting

    Reporting is one of the most important and least talked about aspects of a world-class threat intelligence program. Here’s how to do it right.

    We recently endured a series of broadcast storms that caused our ISP to shut us down for brief periods of time. After going through a multitude of tests, we determined that the issue was related to Intel NIC drivers on some new HP desktop computers …
    The Rasberry PI is a low cost piece of hardware that you can have a lot of fun with through experimenting and building/working on projects like media players, running a low cost computer, build data loggers etc. - see:
    In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…
    In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

    794 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    15 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now