I have a my passport WD 320GB hard drive. I've used it quite a bit on my laptop, which is running ubuntu, and backed up quite a bit of data to it. But when I tried to plug it into a computer running xp, it ran the little bubbles in the bottom right hand corner of the screen saying "your hard drive is now ready to use", but it won't show up in my computer. I've tried it in Ubuntu since that happened, and it's still fine there.
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the Ubuntu ISO that you choose for you pc needs to be selected (x86 for normal 32 bit pc or x64 for 64bit devices ) download the ISO and burn to cd or DVD your choice. when you running XP insert the disk and it gives you a option to install aside xp or to partition the drive to add ubuntu separately or to do a clean install ( wiping everything ) or boot up with it and it will help partition the XP drive to install alongside xp to do a dual boot.. this can be easy or hard id get a tutorial on this. but the clean install is the easiest and best it wipes out the drive and I'm almost sure everything will work when it comes on look up the model laptop and ubuntu 11.04(newest ) all my devices work all the time and the software is awesome as well as free and virus free good luck google installing ubuntu for noobs
This is most likely a classic case of them trying to occupy the same drive letter. If you open disk management Start > Run > type 'diskmgmt.msc' and you should see them both there - One with a drive letter and one without, simply right click on the drive which doesn't have a drive letter and select 'change drive letters and path...'. Change the drive letter to something you know doesn't really get used and they should both appear in my computer.
Ubuntu works with RAM and CPU Memory instead of a pc like xp that uses Virtual RAM. If the pc that could not load ubuntu doesn't have enough ram to support the reading of the Hard drive and the Operating System then it won't work and Xp will only run on the computer that xp was installed onto the hard drive.
The reason your full sized drive works fine and the passport doesn't is that the full sized drive has it's own power supply and only uses the USB for data transfer. The Passport drive requires much more power from the USB to spin up, so, if you want to run it through the USB hub at the very least you will need to replace the USB hub with a powered one.
As for a driver, you don't need one to use the passport on XP that's why you can't find one but the Passport does require a dedicated port(2 for Amperage on some systems) or will need to be plugged into a powered hub or it simply won't get enough juice to fire up. That is the reason it won't show up.
In short, buy a powered hub, or plug it in direct. Nothing else is likely to work.