Hi all I whinged-off a little on another thread about my Surface Pro 2 woes, but this thread is specifically about my issue with using external USB drives on my new Surface Pro 2. I recently tweeted about how awful I thought the design of the USB port was, as it seems the tapered angle of the edge means you can't properly insert a USB cable securely into the Surface. Had a response from a friend who says his works perfectly well and didn't think the tapered angle caused connection problems. So here's my problem: I have a number of external USB drives which I use with my old laptop and desktop PC which both run Win7. The drives have *never* given me any problems, I always eject them by "Safely Removing Hardware" before physically unplugging, and as such never see the "This drive needs scanning" message appear... That was, until the Surface came into my life. Every time I plug *any* drive into my Surface Pro 2 (tried many cables), after a few minutes the drive disconnects (little USB disconnection noise plus Windows explorer win disappears if it's open). Then it reconnects. Then it disconnects about 15 seconds later. Then it reconnects, and if I happen to be using a file when it subsequently disconnects, the next reconnect says "your disk requires scanning and fixing errors". Tonight I tested this with a brand new Samsung external hard drive with its own power supply, and a brand new USB cable which came with that drive: same thing. Can't use the drive in the Surface for more than a minute or two. Connect that same drive into my old laptop, run a huge file copy for 4-5 hours, no problems whatsoever. Is this a design fault of the Surface's port? In my experience as 1st and 2nd line IT Tech Support, I would think about re-installing the USB drivers (already done), or investigating possible issues with USB power management in the bios. Please help!