first off why run XP the Virus magnet?,Microsoft and hp dropped
support on this 3 years ago,,
not only that XP does not support most USB devices.
sure some old devices, but not new ones. (unless maker says otherwise and offers software to run on XP)
you are direct connected. to USB to external HDD.
That external disk, my guess has no external supply right?
that means it will overload many Latptops
the power spec, on USB varies, by different ports used and maker of the laptop...
I solve that horror by only buying external HDD what have wall power pack connected, mine is 12vdc 2amps, and will work on any PC made , ANY !
it uses its own power, so never overloads that weak PCs USB port.
here is the USB spec from WIKI page "USB" 0.5amps is gutless.
- 0.5 A (USB 2.0)<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
- 0.9 A (USB 3.0)
- 5 A (BC 1.2)
- 3 A (type-C)
- Up to 5 A (PD)
0.5 amps that is, 500mA, about 1/2 what hdd needs. to be happy.
yours is the first one, the weakest they made.
that is not enough current to spin up any HDD, from dead start.
- get an external SSD drive,
- use and external case on external drive with its own powerpack
- buy and an EXTERNAL USB powered hub that is USB3 rated and it might run your drive connected to it.
- get newer laptop, one with USB 3 and runs w7 or newer.