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Formatting USB flash memory stick

When I added a manufacturer's driver to my 98SE for a Centon flash memory stick, a dialog box indicated I would have to format the flash memory stick to begin to use it.  The stick is loaded with data that I don't want to have to erase.  Did I do something wrong in the identification of or download of the driver, or is that standard operating procedure for CENTON?  (I did not have the same problem with a USPro memory stick.)  If I do have to format the Centon, will I be able to see any data I put on it on another desk top (XP professional) with which I have been able to use the flash memory without an initial format?  And when I load data from the XP computer, will it readable on my Compaq routinely, after an initial formatting?

A second question, I have a CD-ROM on my Compaq (original hardware) and a CD-RW (which I added).  I can access data on CDs from either drive.  However, I used to be able to copy from the ROM to the RW, but for the past few years (maybe in going from Roxio 4 to Roxio 5) Roxio refuses to recognize my CDRW.  Why?  If it is Roxio's software, what other copying program could you recommend? TX
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Bob1964
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
If you format it the data are history.
Can you put it back into an XP machine and copy the data off? As you're aware you shouldn't need a driver for XP.
It's my understanding that flash drives are in a proprietary format and if you format it on a Windows machine you will lose some capacity.
I'd double check that you got the correct Windows 98 driver for your stick here:
http://www.centon.com/support/downloads/usb_flash/
If that doesn't resolve the issue check with their support:
http://www.centon.com/support/contact_us/tech_support/
Good luck,
Alan.
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
P.S.
I think you need to post the second question separately.
:o)
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nobusCommented:
i would first test the memory stick on an XP system; this does not need a driver, and should recognise your stick without any further action. Then check as what the stick is formatted : NTFS or FAT. If it is NTFS, you win98 box will be unable to see it. (That can be the reason it wants to format it.)
If you want the stick to be readable on all systems, i suggest you format it with the FAT file system, not NTFS.
for your second Q, i would test the drive on another system first, to be sure it is still OK. - It can simply be dying.
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rindiCommented:
You could try the free copying software from here:

http://cdburnerxp.se/

Or check roxio for updates. Also, if you got roxio with the drive, it is often OEM and can't be used for other hardware. So either get the official roxio software or use the original that came with the drive.
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Bob1964

Reread your question.

............I used to be able to copy from the ROM to the RW, but for the past few years ...............

After "a few years" !! It's long past time for you to reinstall Windows. You'll most likely clear up your CD problem and rejuvenate your installation.
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