I recently purchased an 80G I/O Magic portable hard drive. My intention was (and still is) to use it for backing up my important data files, photos, Itunes, etc. It opened as soon as I plugged it in right out of the box and I could copy files to it. However, I had to download a MS back up utility to properly set up the computer to routinely back up the file. I'm using an HP Pavilion notebook (dv4000)with Windows XP Home Edition, 1.73 GHz processor, 100G hard drive, 1G ram. The portable is in FTFS format.
My question is this: Why can't I copy files to the portable drive now and use it to transport files to other computers in addition to using it for backing up files? When I copy/paste or use the Send To command, the files appear in the portable drive, but they won't open. In fact, when I try to open a file, I get the hour glass for a while then a Not Responding message.
Any help will be much appreciated.