I am running XP on my laptop. I purchased an Acomdata external hard drive enclosure. I put an old hard drive that I know works- it's run fine in another computer into the enclosure. The jumper on the hard drive is set to master, as it should be.
When I turned the hard drive on and plugged it into my USB (2.0) port, the drive was mounted and I could read the drive. It worked fine (this is the second external enclosure I owned - same brand - worked great so I gave it to my daughter and bought a second one). I shut down my computer (eventually, when I turned it back on, Widows XP wouldn't recognize the drive. I rebooted the computer. Nothing. Shut the computer down and brought the sytem back up, nothing.
Then I took the external hard drive over to my tower. This hard drive was not from this tower-it was from another computer and it was working when I took it out, so I know it's good. Plugged it in and it read the drive. After turning the computer off, the next time I turned it on the identical thing happened. The tower (also running XP) wouldn't recognize the drive. Same attempts tried again- reboot, power down, system up, nothing.
This is touted as a "plug and play" arrangement, so there are no drivers to reinstall.
Where is the problem? Has something in windows been disabled? Has the external port been disabled? Is anything damaged?