I had to reinstall XP home in a friends computer and I went to use the USB drive and it wasn't seen in my computer (with the other drives). When I put the USB in the comp says new h/W then just stops after a few minutes and sees nothing. When I put the USB drive in the light comes on the drive but nothing happens. He has a HP printer that is connected through USB port.I use this USB drive on 3 other computers.
Insure the new install computer is setup in bios to see the thumb drive as a drive.
It it works on another computer try different usb ports on the new install computer.
Disable the drive in the device manager and uninstall the driver and reboot and try it again.