The whole thing is quite strange. First, If your Maxtor is designed to work under usb 2.0 it should also work under usb 1.1. second, are you sure that your computer can support usb 2.0? To identify whether you have usb 2.0 drivers installed click control panel > system > device manager and look at usb drivers to see if any carries the title "usb enhanced controller". If none carries this title then your computer runs only usb 1.1.
Your computer must be quite old if you run it on win 98SE and there is a question if it can run usb 2.0. Try to find out at the motherboard manufacturer internet site. This is also the place to look for a driver.
If the computer cannot support usb2.0 you can overcome this problem by installing a usb 2.0 pci card. These usually carry some 4 ports, they are very useful and rather cheap.
I appreciate the help... track back through the other posts more carefully...
All my USB ports show as Enhanced (USB2) in device manager. The computer was purchased new on Friday.
Both my desktop machine and my laptop run XP Home (another poster was guessing earlier that the laptop ran 98 SE)
I discovered that my external USB 2 hub has one
port (of five) that will recognize the drive just fine, while giving a brief warning that the drive would perform faster if plugged into a USB2 port. If I click that warning bubble it shows me a list of USB2 ports available on my computer (in essence all my unused ports)
Perplexing - ain't it
Thanks again - Jroope