External H-drive connection- strange access

  jack 14:56 20 Jun 2010

I have a number of hard drives that I use for storage and off machine activity[Taking slide show to a host machine - instead of burning a disk for example]
I connect these drives via an IDE/USB cable and external power supply.
When connected, the machine simply detects an external mass storage device and opens the 'What do you want to do' window.
Just now however when I connected a drive that I used an hour or two ago- Windows decided it had found 'New Hardware' and wanted to install a 'driver'and went through the whole rigmarole of doing so.

Why would that be?
I am conscious of the fact that these drives are 'elderly' and could be in a failing mode - could this be a reason?
The drive in question is sitting on the desk and running fine while I put finishing touches to the slide show.

  mgmcc 14:58 20 Jun 2010

USB peripherals can be seen as "new hardware" when plugged into a different USB port from that which was used previously.

  jack 15:10 20 Jun 2010

which is exactly what I did- took it off a hub and reconnected to a machine slot.

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