USB drive appears empty
Hi, i have an ongoing problem where my usb drives appear in explorer but the file contents don't show (and when i look at properties it says there is nothing on the disk). I have used the drive on other computers with no problems and also tried other usb drives on this computer and had the same problem. The file contents are definitely not just hidden.
Only two devices have ever worked when plugged in via usb on my computer (the keyboard and the mouse). I have also tried to access the usb drive while running a live cd version of linux and the usb drive fails to mount which makes me think it is a hardware problem. I thought i would post and see if anyone had any ideas what is going on before i try something drastic. What i don't get is why the keyboard and mouse will work but other usb devices won't (i have also tried to plug in a printer and a modem with no luck).
At times, after plugging in the drive i also get a message saying the device would work better if plugged into a usb 2.0 port and i have tested it in every available port with no luck. I do not have the original xp disc.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.