@ Bob Shem
It sounds like you know what you are doing, but to be clear on the previous good suggestion by chris@greencottag , you removed all usb devices plugged into your system, went to 'device manager' and uninstalled all items listed under 'usb controllers'(right click, then choose 'uninstall) , then rebooted and then looked in 'device manager' to see if there is a 'usb enhanced host controller' and an 'usb 2.0 Root Hub'? If there is, then try to attach the drive and let windows recognize it.
If you followed this procedure and it did not work, then can you post a Nero Infotool output. Run the tool, then click the diskette icon in the infotool toolbar and save as a .txt file, making sure all 8 boxes are checked. Attach to post using the 'manage attachments' button in the 'go advanced' reply window.