Originally Posted by leencharlotte
USB sticks have built in software to be able to start in a drive.
No they don't. SOME have the u3 software, but that has nothing to do with "starting" the drive. Thumbdrives will behave the exact same way as a hard drive, and are seen as such by any computer, it's just an extra disk that's plugged in to the USB bus. The difference you may be thinking is that the chipsets will require specific drivers, these drivers are usually included with most modern OSes and so when a thumbdrive is plugged in, it's recognized as a "thumbdrive". It's still just an additional disk.
Quite often, USB interfaces don't have enough power to power up a hard drive spindle. That's why quite often on the small portable drives, you need two usb ports, one for power and one for data. This seems to be the case with the ZX700. Maybe I'll go try one of my fullsize 3.5" hard drives that has an A/C plug. It could also be the ZX700 doesn't have the needed drivers, in which case you'll be SOL.