Ok...I love this drive and it was working fine until just a couple of days ago. I have not made any hardware changes (although I have installed a few programs since in the last few days).
The poop: You can see the drive in the file manager but is won't read any disks (the drive is powered and the light works when you insert a disks). If you uninstall the drive (device manager) and reinstall, it will work fine. When you re-boot the machine, the problem is back. I checked the "properties" in the device manager and it states "the device is working properly" and it otherwise shows no other compatibility/conflict issues (within windows xp).
any suggestions are welcome.