Here's the buzz:
I've just reinstalled Win Xp Pro sp3, as it'd take longer to fix than to reinstall...
Anyways, I can plug any usb stick to any Usb ports, and it's gonna work.
But, I can't plug my external hard drive, which worked fine before the reinstallation. Windows does not even make a "I got something new connecting" sound. Nothing happens in the device manager. No USB port seems to work with this 2.5 IN hard drive.
So I tried plugging that hard drive on my laptop --> works fine... tried on a friend's laptop, worked fine.
Then,, I went to the device manager, clicked on view>show hidden devices, and uninstalled everything under "storage volumes". Note that you can't see this if you did not click on "show hidden devices". Rebooted.
Help! lol.. Never seen that before.