Inserting Usb Hard Drive Freeze / Locks Pc With Blank Screen

I a friend of mine has a wd 160 gb usb externel hd. He reinstalled his pc a while back win xp pro and patched it with autopatcher juli for security fixes because hd raid config gave some problems. Now sometimes when he insertes his usb drive the pc freezes and screen goes blank. He tried all usb ports on his pc. Has anyone have these problems before?

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