I have had lots of USB external hard drives in my time and I would allways have "Time Out" problems with them especially when transfering files which are over 1GB.I resonally brought a 400GB USB external harddrive and I have a newer computer now and I am STILL getting the same problems,it makes me crazy!!I have allready three internal harddrives and am stugglling with the temperatures so another internal one is out of the question.
What would you suggest?
Update USB drivers?
I have heard of a usb controller but I am not famillar with such a device
I am running XP PRO SP2 All the updates..
USB "time out"?
Can you elaborate on the problem? Is there an error message, or what are the symptoms of the problem?
here is good question what's the partition format?
FAT32, NTFS, or ...?
I have 2 external HDs, one in FAT32 and another in NTFS, and I routinely transfer 1.4GiG files to and from it. I have had none of the problems that you seem to be mentioning.
Does this happen on all USB ports of your computer, or only one of them? If it happens on only one of the ports, it could be a motherboard issue. If it happens on all ports, it could be a driver issue. Tell us more about the motherboard make, and do a Google search for that motherboard name along with USB issues, Maybe something would turn up. Hope this solves your problems.
Use NTFS unless you need FAT32 for multi-OS compatibility issues. NTFS is a much better system, as it doesn't use a massive single file table...
So getting an external usb hub wouldn't change anything then?
Is there an easy way to update my USB drivers,or is that included in the Microsoft service packs??
The updates would not be in the service packs, at least as far as I know.
Updating your USB drivers would depend on your hardware. Right-click My Computer and click Manage. Then, select the Device Manager tab at the left. If you see anything that is a yellow questionmark or something with an exclamation mark on it, it is quite possible that your USB controller (or some other hardware) is not installed.
If you have any of the exclamation marks, then you need to figure out what motherboard you have and find drivers for it. Most of the time, the USB 2.0 drivers are integrated into the chipset drivers.
Either way, you should try to find out what your motherboard is (or what system you have if you ordered from Dell or an OEM manufacturer) so that we can find out if you have USB 2.0 support. If you don't, then you definitely want to get a PCI USB card. It will speed up the transfers and reduce or eliminate your errors.
Getting an external USB hub would be actually detrimental to the case since the power from a single USB port on the computer would be utlized to power all the ports on the hub, thereby aggravating the problem