I need to know:
--- Dell, Gateway, generic?
---You said XP, but is that 'Home Version' or 'Professional'? And is that with the SP2 (Service Pack) release?
Manufacturer of External Drive
--- Conners, Sony, etc..?
Incorrect Driver version
--- This is usually the problem with most non-detectable devices. Either that, or the device is not a recognized brand on an XP system. You may also have the incorrect driver or require a driver update.
Access the Disk manufacturer's web site and see if your specific drive has a driver for an XP operating system. Sometimes an OS update will cause this problem.
Let's start there and see where we end up.
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