4. usb drive is 2 TB seagate powered from Noel leemings as I have heard the orcon genius is struggling to power an usb powered hard drive
Thanks for that...
That could well be the reason why my Maxtor drive did not work when I tried it... I'll try again with an external power source and if that still doesn't work, I'll try again with an alternative external powered drive.
An update on my earlier post, I've just successfully connected my Western Digital 1.5 TB external powered drive, I just plugged it in, and without any configuration it appeared in Finder and I was able to play video files (Finder is the Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer).
This seems to confirm the Orcon Genius doesn't have enough power to supply a USB powered drive.