That drive claims to be compatible with XP, so that's probably not it. Have you installed its driver? If not, get it from wdc.com.
You don't have any friends with drives, any place to borrow (or rent?) a drive? Try Craigslisting a request to rent a USB 3 drive for a day just to see if you can recognize it.
First, plug the drive into a USB 2.0 slot, it should be found as USB 2.0. If that doesn't work, your drive has a problem. If it works on usb 2.0, then make sure you are pushing the usb 3.0 cable ALL the way into the connector - usb 3.0 connectors are longer. If plugged into a usb 2.0 slot they stick out a tiny bit more than a usb 3.0 slot.
I have a biostar mobo tf560 A2+ I believe. I just spent 2 hours trying to overclock my motherboard.. and it was working.. but my x1 slot stopped working. I have my headset plugged into that slot through a usb 3.0 card.
I couldn't get the computer to recognize the headset unless I plugged it into another port (2.0) or until I reverted to normal clock rates. I have been getting bad FPS rates with a gtx580 so I decided to oc until I got a new motherboard. Alas my headset doesn't work with any integrated usb ports, the usb controller runs out of bandwidth.
So the short of it is, if you are overclocking.. try using your default clock rates. This mobo I've got is a piece of crap, the bios overclocking engine it comes with makes my frame rate drop even worse.. and if I do manual clocking my headset won't function 100%
I posted this in a separate thread but it seems to be too important a topic not to spread it everywhere. Overnight from a sleep and it is still working.
There r a lot of posts about this problem. No answers - until now - maybe.
I read a post about a problem with a wireless mouse. Someone posted an answer ref to an Intel white paper RE USB3 noise in the 2.4GHz band. The problem was only helped using some copious shielding of connectors and components.
OK, after trying every driver update and fw update I could find, I decided my issue with my PCIe to USB acted like it was a noise thing so I pulled it out, disassembled the PCIe connector, lined it with copper foil tape and connected it to a grd pin on the PCIe connector. Then I wrapped the tape around the cable up to the front panel box and connected that foil to the foil in the connector.
It has not been a long time 2 hrs maybe, but it never stayed up this long from a boot.
I am hopeful.
If u try this, other methods and other metal foil may work. I have had this copper tape for a long time. Make sure ONE end it grounded preferably close to the MB. If u ground both ends u will get a ground loop and maybe make things worse. I might cover it with scotch tape to prevent the cable from touching the chassis, though the cable is much stiffer now.