Each time my WD My Book USB Drive is connected to or disconnected from my WinXP Pro SP3 PC, it causes WinXP to require re-activation with Microsoft. This occurs when I connect/disconnect while the PC is turned off and then boot up --or-- on the next boot up after I have used the WinXP Safely Remove Hardware feature to disconnect the drive. I enquired about this at Microsoft’s Activation forum and was told the drive is poorly designed or defective and I should go away.
I’ve searched quite a lot in WD KnowledgeBase, FAQ and this forum but can’t find anything related.
I’ve searched the web quite a lot also and there seems to be many conflicting opinions as to whether a WD USB drive should be seen by Windows as a Local Disk or as a Removable Disk. Does anyone know which is correct? Could this be the cause of the problem?