Re: USB External Hard Drive not being regonized
8.04 is a very old Ubuntu version that has not been supported for quite some time, so you would not even be able to get any updates for it. The oldest version of Ubuntu I have used was 9.04 a week before 9.10 was released, and current version is 12.04
When you connect the USB drive, in a terminal (xterm) what does the end of dmesg show about the USB drive, if anything?
i5 650 3.2 GHz, 8 GB, nvidia GTX 750 Ti, 32" 1080p | i7-4700MQ, 8 GB, Intel HD 4600/nvidia GTX 765M, 15.6" 1080p | etc.