I've seen a number of references to the ability to connect a PBO with an internal hard drive to a desktop PC via the USB interface so that the PC will be able to access the PBO's drive. I'm assuming this means I could access the PBO HDD with my desktop's tools and rename, move, delete, or otherwise manage files and folders just as I would on any other drive connected to my PC? This would solve a lot of problems for me, but I haven't been able to get it to work, and I can't find any documentation or relevant posts here that answer my questions. I just recently got my PBO, but I haven't updated the firmware. I have added a WD 500GB internal drive, and I have also successfully connected WB 500GB Passport external USB drives (they work great). The desktop I want to connect to is running XP service pack 3 and is not networked.
Now, when I plug the USB cable from the desktop to the mini "data transfer" USB port on the back of the PBO, my desktop indicates a bad USB device or connection. If I make this connection while viewing the PBO GUI, I get a pop up asking if I want to power down to go to PC connect mode? I can find no reference to this procedure anywhere. What is the proper sequence of events? Should the PBO be turned on or off when the connection is made? I Should I be watching the PBO GUI or the desktop screen (I am using the same LCD screen to view both the desktop screen and the PBO GUI, so I can't see both of them at the same time)? Which end of the USB connection should be plugged in first? Am I using the right port on the PBO? WTF??!!! I need newboy help please.