Starting this thread to document if anybody has similar problems OR positive experiences with external, USB Hard Drives.
I have an Iomega 33942 eGo USB 2.0 250GB Rugged Portable Hard Drive (Cherry Red). Drive comes with a cable that has a y connector to plug into a second port to gain additional power to run the drive if needed.
Drive was purchased to carry movies and back up photos when traveling.
The drive has worked perfectly on every system BUT the Mini 9. On all other systems I only needed to use 1 connection to have the drive work. Even using both connections I have time outs and read write failures in Windows XP. System was plugged into AC Power, Screen brightness turned down, No WiFi, No Bluetooth. Changing the aforementioned did not change results. I never tested on pure battery power based on all the failures. Drive would work anywhere from 4 seconds to 10 mins before getting a failure. Starting from Boot or Plugging into while system was stable didn't change result.
I cannot recommend this drive for use with the Mini 9.
SO, any recommendations for a Hard Drive that is Mini 9 Compatible.