If so, its power consumption could be your issue. If that's not the case, I've no clue. Good luck.
I managed to find other people with this problem online, but only a workaround to "solve" it and not an actual solution.
It started out (I think it was after I had updated to SP3) that whenever I plugged in a flash drive, the system would only "partially" recognize it. Sometimes it would show up in device manager or remove hardware but not in my computer. Sometime it would show up in My Computer but the drive name would not be recognized. And forget about trying to get any information off of it.....
Anyway, apparently the problem is some sort of bug in XP that screws up the drive naming(???), which is very odd because both flash drives work just fine on another XP system. I even reverted back to SP2 to try and correct the problem - no go.
I also tried one of the suggestions I found, which is to physically assign the flash drive a drive letter in Drive manager but to no avail.
Anyway, the only thing that seems to work, is if I right-click my wireless connection icon on bottom right and disable it. With wireless network disabled flash drives load just fine. Sure, I could continue doing this - but its a royal pain in the a@@.
Anybody have any ideas for a fix?