I’m not picky. I’ll try anything electronic once, and would rather have bargains than matching external drives. For a while I just filled up the various drives with whatever I had available; now it’s time to sort and clean. So I have a bunch of different drives by different mfrs & of different sizes from 1/2 to 2 TB, and some powered USB hubs, and I managed to get 2 Seagate Free Agent drives on F and G, a Simple drive on H, and a My Book on I. However, the Simple Drive would not open, and WD (not-so)SmartWare hijacked the letter, providing 439,808,142 bytes of data, including user manuals for MyBook in a wide and wonderful range of languages, despite the fact that there was no WD drive on H. I switched cables and put the Simple Drive on F, and nothing on H, but did the “I” drive slide back to H? No, there is still a phantom WD drive on H (insert theme from “Twilight Zone” here). In fact, I can still view the drive, and open the user manuals, using Windows Explorer. (OS is XP Pro on a Dell Dimension 2400.)
Any suggestions? I still have more drives, and more USB ports, but I already have an old and unusable CD writer on D and would just as soon not have any more phantoms.