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Seagate External HDD Problem

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Hi there, a few of days ago I got a second hand PC from my sister as it's better than my old one, still not great but better all the same. As the new one didn't have many USB ports I installed the USB Hub from my old PC, I checked it out and it worked for the mouse.
The new PC came with the internal HDD formatted so I just re-installed Windows XP Pro SP3 and everything was fine. Then I tried to use my Seagate 1tb external HDD, which always worked on the older PC.
First, I tried it in the new hub with the PC turned off and then tried to boot up but Windows only got as far as the loading screen and froze so I tried it in the existing USB ports, same thing happened.
Then I tried to plug it in the hub while the PC was running and it just froze Windows. After that I tried the existing ports with the PC running and I got a bubble saying that it would run better on a USB 2.0 port (old pc) so it was very slow but it eventually installed the software for the HDD.
O.K so here's the thing, it only works on the USB 1.0 ports on the front of the PC, it won't work on the back one's or the hub. As far as I know the back one's are USB 1.0 too, the hub is 2.0. I use the HDD to run a lot of programs so the 1.0 just won't cut it for me and having it plugged in at the front of the PC gets in the way and I'm afraid I'll hit it and break it. I've tried various things in the BIOS but couldn't find any 'USB Legacy Support' which was recommended on the Seagate website but I changed the boot sequence and updated the hubs firmware but to no avail.

I've done all I can to best of my knowledge so I'm really hoping someone here can help. Thanks in advance.
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