Hi I need some help with a extarnal enclosure!

hi, I’ve got a bit of a problem , and I’m not even sure, if I’m in the right place for it, but anyhow…I bought a external inclosure for my ide hardrive…but I hvae no idea how to make it work…when I plug in the usb port…it reads it as a mass storage device, but I can’t use it stll…even though it was formatted…

however, when I use the firewire port it has, it detects it fine…anyone know why this is? I can’t figure it out for the life of me. It’s not theat big of a deal…but I’d like to be able to use it with computers without a firewire port…so if any one can help…or point me in the direction of help…it would be very appreciated.


Some quick questions:
What OS?
Does it show up in Explorer?

The operating system is windows xp, and the mother board is, well I’m not really sure, but I think it’s I’ve tried it in my buddies toshiba laptop as well and it won’t detect it via usb.
and no it doesn’t show up in explorer bar