How to access an Airport Express USB hard drive from a PC?

I have a home network created by a new Airport Express base station (which replaced the previous AXBS that lasted 3 years and then died). Attached to its HSB port (with a USB hub) I have a WD USB disk and a Canon printer; I have another printer connected to one of the LAN ports. I have a mac attached to another of the LAN ports. Finally, my macbook connects to the network through the Airport. All peripheral items (disk, printers) work as they should from both macbook and the other mac.
I also have a PC with WI-FI that connects to the internet through the AXBS. The printers seem to work on the PC (with Bonjour for Windows installed), and I can access its disk from the macs, but I cannot access the WD AXBS hard drive from the PC.
The macbook and mac are running Snow Leopard and Leopard, respectively, and the PC is running XP SP2.
Can someone offer a suggestion for getting disk access to work from the PC? Windows or not, it shouldn't be this difficult.

Click here and follow the instructions, assuming you're using an AirPort Extreme base station. The AirPort Express base stations can't use USB hard and flash drives and will ignore any connected ones.
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