Ash - when you plug in a new drive you will see them in the LHS of any Finder window or on the RHS of the desktop.
Well, I never saw or heard anything on the... maybe 20 times I've plugged a drive in so far... In windows within 1-2 secs I hear a "der-duh!" to let me know something new is connected, and within 10 seconds a dialog pops up, or if I'm in explorer, the navigation tree visibly changes to show the new device. On the Mac, I wait and wait and wait, opening new Finder window after another until the drive appears, often switching off and on the drive a couple times after 30 seconds of no result.
I'll look closer at the screen next time maybe.
What OS version are you running?
It's brand new and is like Crouching Donkey Hidden Tiger 97.13 or something. I'll look later.
And yeah - you can't just yank stuff out. Is stupid, but you need to get used to that. Again - any removable drive including USB sticks and iPods will have little eject symbol next to their name on the list on the top left of any Finder window.
Nuh, I'll never get used to it. Even Windows sometimes gives a little complaint about it saying you should eject it from the OS first - but I've never lost anything in many years of randomly plugging in/out. What that means is I'm just waiting for my first catastrophic failure.
As far as video exporting goes - download Flip4Mac from Microsoft's site to get AVI and WMV support out of Quicktime.
I managed to export an AVI file in decent quality, by then I was too tired to upload it anywhere.