What is the meaning of my portable hard drive beeping all of a sudden, and then I get an error box which says something like "the file H:/yaddayadda failed to write. Data has been lost." This has never happened before, but it has happened 3x in the past 3 days. Each time I have to unplug the HD. As a matter of fact, I just plugged it back in while I was typing this, and a different error box popped up saying something like "USB device not recognized by Windows." Everything froze until I unplugged it again. And my mouse stopped working. What does the mouse have to do with the HD?
It is a Maxtor 80G HD and I bought it in June or July of 2006. I use Windows XP SP2 with all or most of the updates. I don't know the exact specs of the system and can't find them out because as I mentioned, my mouse has stopped responding.