Now here is the real fix. With my USB hdd not showing up in My Computer, I went to the device manager and clicked show hidden devices, and sure enough an unknown device showed up with a yellow question mark. I clicked on find a driver, and Device manager found the driver for the "Generic drive" chip. Now, the USB hdd drive is immediately recognized and shows up in My Computer with a letter designation. If you have not experienced this issue, than it's no big deal, but if you have (or are) experiencing this issue, the prior fix was to reinstall XP. I actually did a fist pump and mouthed "YES" when I found this fix
1. USB 2.0 connected external hard drive: presume you are sharing your experience with this one, that USB 2.0 connection works!
2. USB 3.0 connected external hard drive: presume that this would not work, as Win'XP does not support USB 3.0
3. USB-C (aka USB 3.1 Gen 1): presume that this would not work, as Win'XP does not support USB-C
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XP supports USB 3.0 controllers just fine if there are drivers for them, and in any case any USB 3.0 peripheral is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
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