You can take it or leave it.
Windows? Connect it with USB 2.0.
Mac? Connect with firewire.
I can't explain why issues like yours continue to happen with Firewire drives on Windows.
As to Explorer, it has it's own issues such as it can HIDE DRIVES. Look up TWEAKUI to see that Explorer can't be trusted.
I have a laptop - 2.2 ghz pentium 4 M.
the internal hd is a new hd I bought and replaced the old one with.
the old one is then put in an external hd case with both firewire and USB2 interfaces.
I use firewire, since I dont have a cable for USB (and I think firewire is fastest in reality - nvm!)...
but - I recently got a problem...
I cant see the external hd in my explorer anymore...
have tried to restart and unplug and plug it in again lots of times - makes no diff. the weird thing is - when I plug it in, I see (on the mouse cursor) that the machine is working a little, then stopping.
I tried the hd on a friends laptop - no problems - it works for him.
We both use Windows XP pro.
any ideas of what to do, since this is damn sad that I cant use this hd :s