Back in April my dad bought me a 120 GB external drive.
Windows XP had some major issues with it. It's supposed to be USB1 / USB2 compatable, but XP only saw "USB2". This is a problem as my computer has only USB1 ports.
So I've been using a bus card to enable a USB2 connection.
This is fun: plug the pcmcia card in and the computer shuts off like a switch was flipped.
If I plugged it in then turned on the computer the computer still died.
After booting up a second time with the card still in Windows could see it.
Lot of hassle for a dumb hard drive eh?
Today I tried connecting the external hard drive to Linux. Using the USB1/USB2 cord and plugging it striaght in to a free USB slot, it works (like the manual said it was supposed
to work)! No more bus card related shut downs as I didn't use the bus card.
I'll format it with ext2 later. Currently it's a fat32.
I now have 110 GB at my disposal. No more CD-R backups needed!