I've had a 160 GB USB 2.0 external drive that I've been using for over a year. I've never had any problems with it, and it still works fine today. But, I recently bought one of these:
When I got it, I installed the backup software stuff, hooked it up, and got delayed write errors every time I tried to write to it. After these errors, I'd get an error about a usb device malfunctioning and Windows not being able to detect it. I tried the drive on a different computer, same result. I RMA'd it and got a second with the same problem. I RMA'd it. The third had a different problem. As soon as I plugged it in, the hard drive came on. The power button did nothing - plugging it in or unplugging it were the only ways to turn it on or off. Also, it wouldn't show up in My Computer. I took the enclosure apart and mounted the drive internally. It worked perfectly. I made 3 partitions - one to install Ubuntu, one for a linux swap file, and one for storage. I installed Ubuntu. With the drive mounted internally, I could boot Ubuntu from it, or boot windows and use the storage partition to store stuff. I did both multiple times with no problems. I bought one of these
I installed the drive in this. Now, when I plug the drive in it says 'detected new hardware: usb mass storage device' followed by 'detected new hardware: disk drive' followed by 'your hardware is installed and ready to use'. The drive, however, does NOT appear in My Computer or Disk Management, but a USB Mass Storage device and the disk drive both appear in the Device Manager. I tried a second computer and got very similar results. Any ideas how to fix this?
The drive is a WD CaviarSE 250gb drive, IDE.
I mounted it as the slave when I had it internally.
My computer is a Dell Dimension 4700 with WinXP.