The USB ports on the read usually deliver more power and more speed.
I've seen the front ports fail too often.
Recently purchased this Win7Pro HP computer. Today I attempted to connect an external hard drive. Hard drive plugs into a USB port on the front of the computer case. Windows identified it but couldn't locate any drivers, wanted me to check for updates (turns out it was for Windows Updates which weren't turned on since I made my purchase). So I was diverted and took care of that process. The external HD was never successfully installed so it is unplugged.
Now when I go to 'Computer' I see four removeable disks - F, G, H, and I. Is there any way to remove them? I don't know why they are there - nothing is plugged in.
I also would like to find out if it is going to be possible to use the external HD. Where should it be plugged in? How do I check if the usb port is 2.0? Will the mfg have drivers?