Ok, I still have the problem. Sometimes there are two USB slots, and one or both of them will occasionally lose it's connection whenever I lock the computer. I don't understand. The computer still knows it's there, but it can't read the contents. Like, it sees the drive in there and everything, but when you go to the drive, it's just like trying to browse an empty cd-r disk.
What happens when I lock the computer that disconnects the usb on the monitor?