New WD Passport USB 3.0 Hard Drive

This device is attached to a Windows XP Pro Lenovo desktop.  The problem I have is the device disconnect for no apparent reason or sequence.  I will begin to get delayed write failure errors then the disk isn't accessible any longer.  If I remove the cable and reinsert all is well for a while.  Then the same error starts again.

The device is USB 3.0 500GB HD.  I see no errors within Device Manager.  Thanks in advance.

The drivers used were those that Windows XP installed automatically.
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1namylnAsked:
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btdownloads7Commented:
Older machines frequently have problems with USB3 devices because the USB ports don't supply enough power (assuming that it's a 2.5" drive without a dedicated power supply). You'll need to get a USB Y-cable that'll pull power from a second USB port. Something like this one.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
I think it might be  y cable.  I'll check and see.
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nobusCommented:
did you check it's power options?
go in device manager>p^roperties, and look at the power tab
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Buy a powered USB hub and connect the drive through it.   Assuming the issue is excessive power draw (likely) that will resolve it.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
I will also check the power options.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Still no resolve.  When the drive is attached to a newer machine the same issues occur.  For the sake of time and not having to physically travel there the best thing is to replace the drive with one that has its own power supply.  Good lesson learned for the future.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Points are for your efforts.
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