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Maxtor Hard Drive not recognising

Q: Maxtor Hard Drive not recognising


My friend gave me his Maxtor Basics 250gb Hard Drive (Part # 9NX2DG-500) to put some of the songs i have made on. I connected it to my pc and it doesn't recognise it at all, so i restarted and still the same thing happens. I'm not sure if it requires any drivers or if i have to edit anything in the BIOS.

Someone please advise me on what to do.


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I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I have two harddisks in one pc, now i am unable to detect the hard drive in windows xp. If i use two harddisks with Operating system linux then it detects, also it works on windows 7. Can you help me with this.
Thank you

A:XP not recognising 2nd hard drive

Need more information. Sometimes XP won't "see" a HDD over 127GB (or 136GB, it's been awhile since I last dealt with this). Even though your other, more modern OS's weill see everything fine.
Has SP3 & all other updates been installed? And please, to better assist you, a little more info about your computer.

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Hi Guys,
the problem is i have just reloaded my pc(which i have done many times before) and the computer does not recognise one of my hard drives, it's there on device manager but not on my computer. i've been into right click on my computer and onto manage then assign drive letters but it has no drive letter and wont let me assign one , it only gives me the option to delete the partition which i dont want to do

thx in advance


A:Not Recognising My Hard Drive.

Do you by chance have "GoBack" installed?


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I just upgraded from xp home to pro corporate. I had a second drive installed as a slave and it worked fine in Home. Pro wont recognize that it even exists!! It doesn't show up in admin tools, or anywhere else...although it does show up as a partition when I boot into DOS.

A:(Resolved) Xp Pro Not Recognising Second Hard Drive

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i have been given an old computer which i want to set up for my children
it is a dell dimension xps t450, p111
there was no hard drive in it as the person who gave it to me wanted to use it himself
i have 2 hard drives spare so i connected one of them to the computer
i tried to install an operating system( have win98 and win xp on cd) but they wont install
as the computer tells me no hard disk drive is connected.
this is the same with both drives and both op systems i tried to install. i know the drives are
working as i tried them in my own computer with no problems.
how do i get the dell computer to recognise the drives.
any help would be greatful

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I have a thinkpad i series 1200, model number 1161-CSG. The hard drive that came with it broke (it now rattles when shaken), and i have a new samsung 40GB hard drive for it. I installed the new hd in the laptop, but the hd doesnt appear under the system information in the BIOS setsetup utility. The Bios setup utility doesnt have an option that would seek out any new hardware, as it should be automatically detected.

I have now upgraded the Bios to the latest i could find on the ibm website (v1.10f), but still the hard disk doesnt show. The harddisk cant be formatted until the laptop recognises it.

The recovery disks that were supplied dont work as the hd cant be found, niether do my XP install disks, for the same reason. The pins on the hard drive are the same as the hd i took out (for the master\slave option), so i dont think it is that, but i do not know what else to do.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received, as i am stuck.


A:Thinkpad not recognising new hard drive

could be when your old HD went tits up, the controller card shorted out. That is why your new drive isn't showing under BIOS.

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i have been given an old computer which i want to set up for my children
it is a dell dimension xps t450, p111
there was no hard drive in it as the person who gave it to me wanted to use it himself
i have 2 hard drives spare so i connected one of them to the computer
i tried to install an operating system( have win98 and win xp on cd) but they wont install
as the computer tells me no hard disk drive is connected.
this is the same with both drives and both op systems i tried to install. i know the drives are
working as i tried them in my own computer with no problems.
how do i get the dell computer to recognise the drives.
any help would be greatful

A:recognising hard disk drive

Good Morning spongebob111, check your hard drive is connected with the red trace on the ribbon-cable toward the drive power plug, check the ribbon is plugged to the M/B with the trace toward pin 1.
As the machine begins it's operating cycle from being turned on, a sequence of events takes place.
Apart from checking "Power good" and that the various components are present to enable the processor to gain life, there is a shedule of looking to see what components are present in the system.
One of these involves ensuring an operative hard drive is present if instructed.

This sequence of searches can be manually altered by altering the search settings in the BIOS.

Most modern machines have the hard drive detection set for "Auto" so as the sequence proceeds anything present is found for use.

I suspect you need to enter your system and reset the hard drive detection or manually set the hard drive particulars to suit your hard drive.

This is usually done by a specific keystroke as soon as the first video screen is passed when the machine is powered.
Most machines use the DEL key (but there are many others) and tapping that key will enter the settings area and allow you to set the drive appropriately.

Determine which IDE you have that drive connected to and whether it is set for master or slave, I prefer the set the first drive as master on the first IDE, (this is where the actual count begins)

So I believe you need to enter this area and set that positi... Read more

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Computer not recognising hard drive.

Please can anybody help!!!!!!!

When I switch my laptop on it doesn't recognise the hard drive. On the screen there is a message, which keeps scrolling. The message is a follows:

For realtek RTL8139(A/B/C)RTL8130 PCI FAST ETHERNET CONTROLLER v2.12 (010425)

PXE-61: media test failure, check cable

Intel undi, PXE-2.0 (build 082)
copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel corporation.

Can anyone tell me what this message means?
Is there any way of getting my computer working again?
Is it caused by a virus?
If I buy a new hard drive will it solve the problem?



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My hard drive doesn?t light up or is recognised on my computer or device manager. When I plug it in another laptop it works perfect.
I tried a flash drive in the one that doesn?t work and it recognised that perfectly.
Please help

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Anybody able to offer some advice on this problem?

I was asked to look at friend's computer because the clock/calendar was resetting everytime he reboot his PC. I assumed this was a battery problem so I replaced it, but forgot to take the BIOS settings before I started. Now I can't get the BIOS to auto-detect the Hard Drive.

This what I've tried so far:
I've tried entering the correct settings for USER, but the BIOS doesn't retain the settings on reboot. I know the new battery is fine because it is retaining the date and time.
I've tried replacing the data cable and the power cable
I've tried the hard drive in a different computer and it works perfectly.
The CD-ROM was set up as a primary slave, so I changed it to work as a Secondary master
I've checked the jumper settings
I've tried disconnecting the CD-ROM and the Floppy drive and booting from the Hard drive
I've tried resetting the BIOS (F9)

On booting up, the machine goes through its systems checks fine and then displays the message: OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND.

I don't know what else to try.
The machine is PII 300mhz running Windows 98. The motherboard is a Micronics (which I think has gone out of business because I couldn't find a website) and the HDD is a Seagate.

Any ideas, much appreciated.

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Ok, so for the past few months my girl firends computer was having problems when she started the computer from a cold start. After it posts she would receive this error


After a couple reboots it would recognise it and start up no problem so we just left it running and would just do a soft reboot whenever needed. When we reboote it would load up just fine.

Well I had to steal one of her 512 sticks of ram so we both could have 1gig in our pcs (my 1 gig stick crashed). So oviously I powered down and unplugged it, pulled the stick and put it back together.

Now it wont recognise the Hard drive at all. So I pulled the case apart and replaced the IDE cable. Now the BIOS recognises the hard drive right away and its shown when the system posts but she still gets the disk boot error.

So when I put in the WIN XP disk for it to boot up it takes a VERY VERY long time (over 2 minutes) to show anything on screen. When I click on repair it shows the hard drive and the OS to repair. However it wont repair, so when I tell it to just install she gets this error

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly conected to your computer, and that any disk-related information is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3"
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Hello all

I attempting to help my father, who is having trouble using an external USB hard drive of his.

The drive functions fine on other computers, but this computer does not recognise it.

In disk manager, it does not have a drive letter. However, the option to assign it one is greyed out.

Using diskpart, it appears under Disks as Disk 1 but it does not appear under volumes.

Thanks for the help!

A:Computr not recognising external hard drive

If the external drive came with a power adapter, plug it into the wall socket and not through a surge protector or extension cord. As this diminishes the power. Also be sure to plug it into the Back USB port of the computer and not the front or through a Hub as these ports are weaker. If this still fails, on a computer that recognizes the drive, run Check Disk on it. (Start/Run chkdsk G: /F, where G: is the drive letter of the device)

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Bit of a convoluted story but here goes.....
Have 2 PCs. The psu on the Athlon XP2100 system died and in the process of diagnosing that it was the psu I put the Athlon's suspect psu into my old PIII 450 Slot1. Upon turning the power on there was no power but a faint popping sound in the PIIIs Hard drive. Yes the psu was stuffed. Upon putting the PIIIs psu back in and powering up everything was working exept (u guessed it) the Hard drive....damn, what the hell was I thinking. I could have hooked up a case fan to check the damn psu but I often have to learn the hard way.
So I put the Hard drive from the Athlon pc into the PIII and, as suspected, it too would not work.....2 stuffed HDDs.
Put new psu and new HDD into the Athlon system..... all ok.
Put new HDD into PIII system but no recognition of new HDD in the POST or the BIOS. FDISK showing "no fixed disc". Put a different new HDD in..... same thing.
Checked all the obvious stuff, jumper settings, new cable, cable seated properly, power connected properly.
Everthing else seems 2 b working, fans, floppy, CDROM, POST, & BIOS just the HDD not being recognised.
Any ideas?

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I have successfully used Seagate Tool to scan my internal HD but it is not recognising my External Drive when I try to scan that. It appears as Sea Tools in Control Panel/Programmes and Features but not on Computer/Manage/Services and Applications/Services where I looked on suggestion from web. It appears I need some kind of MZXM (?) update but do not understand the process of getting this for Windows 7 and am concerned not to mess up my backup drive .

My concern began because Windows 7 keeps asking me to format the Backup Drive before doing my weekly backup. When I ignored it the backup appeared to go ahead any way but I don`t like ignoring mysterious
instructions unless I understand why they are there.

Can anyone please advise me ?

A:Seagate not recognising External Hard Drive

Sorry this is not a reply but further info to request for help. I have found the following on Seagate Tools Menus plus a long list of items which I will not quote unless requested to do so.

Unhandled exception has occurred in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit, the application will close immediately. The system cannot find the file specified.
Under details
See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

Should I invoke JIT debug ?

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Sorry if this is a silly question with a simple answer but I'm not terribly tech savvy and am pulling my hair out over this!

I recently purchased a WD 1TB external portable hard drive.When I first got it it was immediately recognised by my laptop (a 2 day old Asus Ultrabook S400C). This is my first time with Windows 8 so I am still learning to navigate it.

The first thing I did was transfer 650gb of movies and music across. I didn't format the hard drive first, maybe that was my first mistake. My files were still recognisable on my laptop and my WD TV Live media centre. The next day all of a sudden my meda player wouldn't recognise it and when I plugged it back into my laptop it also cannot see it.

The device can be seen in device manager (when I click on properties it says it's working corectly), but not in the drives list in my computer. It is showing as "Disc 2" 'Not Iniitialised' and when I click on 'Initialise' and choose 'MBR' and hit OK it comes up with this error msg: 'The request could not be performed due to an I/O device error'.

Any ideas on where to start? I don't mnd if I have to format it to get it to work but I can't even get that option to appear.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows not recognising External Hard drive

any help you could provide would be appreciated.

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xp cannot find it.......disk manager can.....do format and no drive letter help please.....thank you

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help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed


i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will begin......an 80 gig external hard drive was given to me..it was rebuilt on a win 2000 system....my home edition of win xp--reconginzes it....as disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" ...in safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or administrator...in disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.

STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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Hi there,
I have recently had to buy a new SSD a lovely 120GB Intel Cherryville after my old SSD decided to die on me. I had an existing data drive with my files, artwork on. 
The problem is when I boot up it tries to load normally (a few cursors blinks on a black screen) and then dumps me onto the bios. I have specified in the bios that I want it to boot windows from my new intel drive, but the problem persists. I believe the problem started from the changing of the boot drive. The bios also shows the data drive in a list of plugged in devices but does not show it in the boot 'order' options in EZ mode.
The strange thing is the only way I can get Windows to boot properly is to choose my data drive as the boot device in the temporary boot choice menu. Windows is 100% on my Intel SSD though...?
Another strange item in the EZ mode boot order menu is the inclusion of the DVD drive which was certainly not there before.
I should mention that I did try try and fix my old corrupt SSD in the registry and this could be contributing to the odd behaviour of my data drive and bios settings.
-I have an ASUS z87k Motherboard.
-Windows 7 home 64bit.
So if you could specifically advise me on how to remedy this boot problem, I would be very grateful. 

A:Bios not recognising data hard drive and not booting from SSD

It appears that you left the data drive connected when you installed Windows onto the SSD, and the MBR got written to the DATA drive.
There is no way around it but to redo the system, IMO.
There's a possibility that you could do something about it in a command prompt, like "rebuildmbr" after selecting the correct disk, the SSD, but I've never managed to do it.

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Set up new system to find that XP would only recognise 128gig of my new drive, expected that to happen from the reading that I had done

I have since installed service pack 2 and windows continues to fail to see the full capacity of the drive

I have the drive partitioned 20GB/108GB, I didn't bother formatting the 108 partition since I didn't expect to use it in that form and I'm booting windows from the 20GB partition

the drive in question is a Western Digital SATA WD2500KS

Also have an old IDE hard drive in the machine

Motherboard is an ASUS A8N-E

When the machine starts, the drive is listed as 250GB in the list of devices before windows loads
Basically ran out of ideas on how to get it working properly and need advice

A:Problem recognising full capacity of new hard drive

The ATA Interface Limit (128 GiB / 137 GB) Barrier

In order to avoid previous disk barriers and limitations, other than those imposed by the operating systems themselves, today's hard drives no longer rely upon discrete geometry (specific cylinder, head and sector numbers) and instead use logical block addressing and a sector number. Unfortunately, even when we move away from bit addressing in favor of head and sector numbers, we still reach the limit of our ability to address all of the bits when taken together. Let's take a look at the ATA interface. There are 28 bits used for the sector number interface with the operating system, BIOS and the hard disk. This means a hard disk can have a maximum of 2^28 or 268,435,456 sectors of 512 bytes, placing the ATA interface maximum at 128 GiB or approximately 137.4 GB.

As little as one or two years ago, no one thought there would be hard drives exceeding 137.4 GB. However, as many of you have seen, hard drive capacity surpassed this mark when Maxtor released their DiamondMax Plus 540X at 160 GB on October 29, 2001. Of course, Maxtor's release of a drive at 160 GB caught many techno-geeks off guard. How could they possibly make these huge drives work? Maxtor considered the 137 GB barrier well before releasing the drive as part of an entirely new initiative to take storage capacities into the petabyte region. To conquer the 137GB barrier, when Maxtor released their new drive, they made a new Ultra ATA/133 PCI adapter ... Read more

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Hi all.

My freecom external hard-drive is playing up on me.

When i plug it in, it recognises, it shows up in my computer, but when i double click the icon, it tells me "please insert a disk into drive w:" and it won't let me access the drive.

I have tried restarting computer, safely removing and re-inserting the drive, and changing the disk letter via the computer management tools.

Is there anything else i can do?

Cheers for any help lads,


A:External hard-drive recognising, showing, but not reading?


Now i am getting a message to say that the "usb drive is not recognised" and that the drive is malfunctioning.

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I just bought a Maxtor 300 gig hard drive, but when I insert my bootable Windows XP (no SP2) CD, it only recongized 140 gigs when I tried to create a partition.

My motherboard is ASUS P5LD2, and my BIOS is up to date.
How can I use all the hard dive space when I create partition during Windows installtion?

Thank you in advance.

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I have a Maxtor hard drive (S/N L632X08G) that I am using as an external on my PC. It worked fine for about 8 months and then recently I purchased a MacBook and wanted to switch over my files. The first time I plugged it in via USB, it showed up and I imported my music collection of 80gb into iTunes but the files remained on the hard drive. I moved my setup into a different room and ever since then the hard drive will not show up. A few times I have gotten an error along the the lines of "Mac OSX cannot read disk blah blah" with the choices to Initialize and something else. But 9/10 times it won't show up in disk utility. I have tried to reconnect it to my PC but it doesn't show up there either. Help me please

A:Maxtor Hard Drive Help

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Good morning 1st time user.. my ? Is I have a Maxtor Hard Drive when I install it it makes my computer not turn on at all this is a second time I tried to install a Maxtor drive... w two different drives 1st drive Maxtor SATA & 2nd Drive a IDE DRIVE DiamondMax 10... please advise on what to do...

A:Maxtor Hard Drive

Hello jessdawg67, and welcome to TSG.

Please tell us the names of the manufacturers and the full model numbers of your computer's motherboard and power supply unit. Also please tell us the full model numbers of the two Maxtor drives.

Are you trying to install the new hard drive as a secondary drive or as a replacement for the current system drive?

When you say "not turn on at all", does that mean that the case and CPU fans never even start to spin when you try to power up the computer?

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My maxtor 200g hd is acting funny. when i open my computer to look at the contents it only lists the items on the drive through the letter "c". I ran the error check and get an error after phase 2 "windows cannot complete". The drive is NTFS and two partions E 39g and G 150g. G is the only part that is having the difficulty. E works fine. This is not my primary drive so my computer still operates. I also moved some files off of G without trouble and for some got a cyclical redundancy check error and the file would not move?
Running XP Pro.

Any ideas or help will be great.

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(I sign up on this site intending to post my own problem, and find myself contributing to solving 3 others before I even get around to it! )
Anyway, here's my problem.  I'm still running a laptop and a PC operating on Windows XP which I need to back up from time to time.  I use a WD MyPassport for that.  All was fine until sometime over the summer the laptop suddenly stopped recognising the external drive: I got the "USB device not recognised.  One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned ..." message.  I tried it on the PC: same thing.  I assumed that the drive had indeed failed, and went out and bought another one, but that didn't work either, despite allegedly being compatible with XP.  At that point, I got suspicious and plugged the external drive into my Windows 8.1 laptop, and found it was still working, so it's clearly not the drive that's at fault here.
I've been hunting around for various fixes on the internet and found some that should work, except that the general recommendation has been to assign a new letter to the drive - but if the computer doesn't recognise it in the first place I can't do that!  A lot of the solutions require you to go into Disk Management via Run:, but the trouble is that when I try that I get the following message:
"Logical Disk Manager
The specified service does not exist as an installed service"
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A:Windows XP computer no longer recognising external hard drive

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot.
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I have a computer with a 1.99GB hard drive, which is not big enough for my family. I have a Maxtor 2GB one that I would like to put in as a slave. On the Maxtor it reads

Master/Single On
Slave Off
Jumper J20

where do I put the jumpers to make the Maxtor the slave drive? And do I have to put jumpers on the one that is in the computer already to make it the Master? Thanks.

A:Jumpers on Maxtor Hard Drive

Leave the jumper off totally. Depending on the first one, what brand it is, you may have to change that jumper. It should already be jumpered as master. Hook this one up, pop into the bios setup and see if it appears.

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Hey guys

I have a Maxtor Hard Drive hooked up to my Mac Book Pro and the other day (midway through using it!) it lost power supply, By this I mean the disk has ceased to spin and the light on the hard drive has gone out. I think it is a fault with the power input and I need a second opinion. It is not a fuse in plug as I have changed power leads but there is a power inverter before the power lead gets to the hard drive - what is the chances its a fault with this - there is a light on the power pack but it flickers when I plug it into the drive yet the hd doesn't move, light up or even fart!


Thanks Tom

A:Maxtor Hard Drive - no power!

What Model Maxtor External is this? I had a Maxtor PS3000 die on me, it turned out to the electronics in the enclosure died but the drive itself was fine. Ended up installing it interrnal in one of my systems.

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Hi,My Maxtor 160GB sata hardrive three months old has become noticeably noisy i checked to see if it was the CPU fan by disconnecting the hardrive and it disappeared.When the red light flickers the noise coincides with the light,the noise is like a squeaky sound,is this normal.Regards Martin.

A:Maxtor hard drive noisy

No, I would say it's not normal. But you knew that already or you wouldn't be here. I would backup any important data and replace the drive. If it's only three months old, it should still be under warranty.

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I have a Maxtor 500 gig Hard drive. I got it a while back as a gift and never had a chance to use it until I got an external case for it. However, when I first started the HDD up, my computer only registered a 150 gig hard drive. I thought that was odd, so I tried to reformat it, but I kept on getting only 150. I tried atleast 3 different external cases and they all gave me the same result.

Does anyone know how to fix this or have anything that I can try to see what's wrong with my Hard drive?


A:500 Gig Maxtor Hard Drive shows up as 150 gig

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I recently oredered a Plumax 2.0 USB external hard drive to help my dad back up his laptop. However I'm unsure exatly how to format the dirve or get it working. Being USB i tried just plugging it into the computer, and was were notified of it running at a reduced speed due to USB 1.0 on our computers. It aslo detected and installed new USB Mass storage device hardware. However it does not show up under My computer as a drive. Under device manager the maxtor HD shows up and says it is working properly, and also it shows up in the USB as mass storage device. I run Win XP and was wondering if i need to format this thing or if its broken? Thanks a bunch

A:Plumax/Maxtor 2.0 USB hard drive

The drive is working fine. The reduced speed message is normal when you plug a USB 2.0 device into a USB 1.1 port.

As far as the drive not appearing, it's not formatted! Right click on My Computer, select Manage. Select Disk Manager, and find the USB drive in the drive list. Right click on the drive and select Format. When you get done, it'll show up in My Computer.

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I recently bought a (180gb) external MAXTOR hardrive. It was connected via FIREWIRE.
Well it was working fine formatted as NTFS. But all of a sudden I go to access it and it cannot be recognized...and it looks like the file format is RAW.

I have know clue what happened.
I have some criticle data on it that I need. my last resort is one of those recovery services.

But isn't there a tool or something I can repair so I can atlease get the data off?

Any Ideas?

A:Help recovering MAXTOR hard drive

I've used this before, and it seems to work fine..


Easy Recovery Pro

Has a trial that allows you to see files that have been deleted - so you know if it can get your files back. Good luck!

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I removed the harddrive from my other XP Pro tower, its a Maxtor 100 gb PATA 133 HDD & would like to know how to hook it up to the tower I'm on now to possible remove some tunes & pictures.
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A:Checking out a Maxtor hard drive

Well, you do the opposite of what you did on the XP tower.

1. Secure the the HDD in the HDD bay.
2. Connect the power and IDE cables to the HDD
3. Power up your PC and check the BIOS to see if your HDD is being detected.

BUT FIRST, you might want to check the jumper setting on the Maxtor, to make it a Slave drive.

If the HDD was the only (or primary) drive in the XP tower, chances are it is configured as the Master drive, which will of course cause a conflict in your current tower.

this guide shows the jumper settings for your HDD:

@mods: Had to double post because of the link-post count restriction.

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About a month ago I purchased a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 Hard drive. Once I got the hard drive I realized that it was not compatible with my computer. I emailed the company I bought the drive from and they told me to buy Serial ATA Adapter. After installing the drive and adapter and from what I understand as all the software, the Hard drive is recognized as as being connected, but is not showing up under my computer or anywhere where the drive can be used.

I am just wondering if there is something here that I am missing or have overlooked. any help would be greatly appreciated

A:Problem with new MAxtor HArd Drive

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I am currently running Windows Vista Business and when I connect my Maxtor OneTouch III USB 2.0 my computer does not recognize it. How can I get the information from my hard drive onto my computer?!

A:Maxtor External Hard Drive

Check with Maxtor and see if they have Vista drivers for your external.

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I recently purchased a Maxtor 320GB Diamondmax 21 EIDE to be setup as a seconday storage device. I have set my current WD 120GB to Master and the Maxtor 320GB to Slave. It reads the Maxtor 320GB in the BIOS and in Win XP under Disk Management. I have triple checked the jumper settings and the cables(Black = Primary Master and Gray = Primary Slave). When I go to format the Maxtor 320GB it formats all the way and then give a popup window that says Format Unsuccesful. Please help.

A:Maxtor 320GB Hard Drive

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It seems I'm not 100% out of the woods just yet. I had a plethora of issues earlier that led to me having to do a recovery/windows reinstall on my computer recently. You can read all about that at this thread: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=336176#post336176.

I am now having a strange issue since recovering the computer where it seems that everytime I try to open my G drive, the 160 GB Maxtor hard drive, it freezes up on me. In total I have 4 hard drives on this machine. 2 40 GB drives, 1 160 GB drive and 1 200 GB drive. They are set with a Promise/Raid configuration as per my motherboard...an Asus P4C 800 Deluxe.

The window that would be showing the contents of the drive will freeze up when I try to explore the contents of the drive through "my computer" and my mouse pointer will intermittetly freeze on the screen several times. I have to try using ctrl+alt+delete to shut it down but most of the time have to hit the reset button on the computer. I sure hope this 160 GB drive isn't trying to fail on me. I've also noticed that when I double click on shortcuts on my desktop that point to programs on that drive also cause this weird freezing issue. This all seemed to start after me recovering the system. The only 2 things I did differently when recovering than what I normally do is that I installed the Promise/Raid configuration AFTER recovery and I changed the defualt file system on the 40 GB drive that is home to windows and n... Read more

A:Problems with 160 GB Maxtor Hard drive

Your systems power supply is probably working beyond it's max output, and is dieing. The 160GB + hard drives get very hot. Heat = lots of current draw. I aso have 4 hard drives, a CD/DVD burner and a DVD ROM. I have a 80GB, 60GB and 2 40GB drives in a Antec server case full tower, with an Antec 350 Watt power supply... The system is over 1 year old

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i have just installed a new maxtor HD . and it isnt viewable in my computer .. but i do see it in the device manager , i have tried all three settings . master cable select and slave . none of the setting would allow me to see the HD in my computer .. but asi say . i can see it in the device manager ..
would like to get this space available . any thoughts or sugestion ??

A:Solved: new maxtor 200 GB hard drive ..?

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Alright so I have this old maxtor hard drive that im trying to plug into my laptop. It has shown up before once or twice but now when i plug it in it makes the noise that any other usb plug in makes but will not show up in My Computer.. i have seen other help sites but i dont understand what they are saying or telling me to do.. can anyone help me get it to show up. i have stuff on it also i would like to not have to delete it.

thanks so much

A:My Maxtor Hard drive will not Show up.

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I am having an issue with a Maxtor Model Number 92739U6 hard drive. I have just finished formatting and installing windows xp home edition. Everything was going ok until I restarted the computer.

First right after I restarted the computer I got an error message A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+Del.

I was unsure what caused this error message so I started to research this issue on Maxtor?s website and they advised me to use fdisk /mbr to repair the error. I did that and restarted the computer.

Same Error?.

The thing I can?t figure out is I am able to boot right to windows using a boot disk.

Can anyone tell me what I should do next?

A:Maxtor Hard Drive Issue

Check to make sure the drive is being detected correctly in the BIOS.
You should check the IDE/SATA and power connectors to the drive, to make sure they are not loose.

Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.

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My old PC HArd Drive crashed ...
Now I want to recover my Data from it when I connect this Hard drive via USB adapter to my NEW PC
i got only 1 option to Format it .
as I said I want to recover my data from it so i treid few below softwares

Now Problem is the HD size is 80 GB & I see only 31 GB and it says RAW on it ...remaining 49 GB is Still missing .....Check the sceen shot of one of the program i used to recover my data.

Now please suggest me what should I do so i might be able to revocer and able to find the lost 49 GB on my Hard Drive.

Anxiously waiting for reply

A:Maxtor ATA Hard Drive Crashed 80 GB

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I am having an issue with a Maxtor Model Number 92739U6 hard drive. I have just finished formatting and installing windows xp home edition. Everything was going ok until I restarted the computer.

First right after I restarted the computer I got an error message A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+Del.

I was unsure what caused this error message so I started to research this issue on Maxtor’s website and they advised me to use fdisk /mbr to repair the error. I did that and restarted the computer.

Same Error….

The thing I can’t figure out is why I am able to boot right to windows using a boot disk.

Can anyone tell me what I should do next?

What would I have to get windows to load without a boot disk?

A:Solved: Maxtor Hard Drive

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I have been using a Maxtor 6 external hard drive for a bout a year now without any problems at all. Yesterday all of a sudden it isn't being recognized my my computer. It shows the original internal drive c but not the external drive d. Any ideas what could be causing this problem
Any help will be very gratefully appreciated

A:Maxtor 6 external Hard Drive

First, try it on another computer. If it works there or not will tell you whether you have a computer problem or a drive problem. You need to know that before you know which direction your further diagnostics should take.

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I beleive I may have a bad hard drive but thought I would try everything before coming to that conclusion. It is a 45gig hard drive. It started when I was unable to delete files, I would delete them and then after restarting the drive, they would show up again. I tried to reformat under two operating systems. I need FAT32 so on the XP OS I used CompuApps Swissknife to attempt to format. It showed that the format was successful after completion however none of the files were gone. Next, I took it into a Windows 98 and tried FDisk. Fdisk couldn't get past "checking drive's integrity" It would stay at 0% forever. I wasn't even able to get a letter assignment for the drive on 98. Trying Swissknife on 98, accomplished the same thing on XP. Said it was completed but never got assigned letter and when drive was restarted the volume it said it had created was gone. I can only imagine the drive is done for. Any Ideas?

All bios's on both OS recognized the drive properly.


A:Maxtor Hard Drive Problem

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I hope that someone can help with this... please!
I have a maxtor 80gb portable hard drive and when i try to access my files by clicking on the drive in windows explorer i get the following message -
"You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"
I have a lot of data stored on this drive and i don't know why it suddenly appears empty. I don't want to lose all of the data already saved on this disk. What should i do?

A:Fault with Maxtor Hard Drive

It sounds like the disk lost the information on it, or it got corrupted. Did you ever unplug the disk without clicking the icon at the bottom right to "Safely Remove Hardware"?

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Hello all,

Here is my situation: I have an external Maxtor one touch 200 gig hard drive that I connect to my work laptop. I plugged in my external hard drive via USB cable and booted up my laptop. I hadn't realized that I left my hard drive on. I received a Windows XP screen that appeared to be analyzing my drive, when I saw the line of text about writing or failing to find I boot sector I immediately cut power to the external hard drive. Now every time I load Windows my F: drive appears(external hard drive) but when I try to access data, it says the drive is not functional or inaccessible.

Below are my specs of my machine:

System: Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2

Processor: 2.00ghz
1.00 GB of Ram.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

A:Maxtor External Hard Drive Troubleshooting!

Are you trying to boot off of the external hard drive?

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hey, I have a External Maxtor 750GB OneTouch 4 Plus drive and I slightly bumped it over the other day while watching a video on it. Now when I plug in my drive it says in the task manager "new hardware found" (im using XP by the way) but when I go to device manager I can't seem to find the drive. My drive now makes beeping and grinding noises for the first three minuets when I give power to it but the drive still seems to spin. Is there much I can do to possibly get my data back besides taking the case apart and plugging it in internally?

A:External Maxtor hard drive problem

It sounds like the hard drive itself is damaged and not the enclosure. If so, installing it internally won't do any good. You could always try the freezer trick but I'm not so sure it will work here but you have nothing to lose. If your data if particularly valuable, there is always professional data recovery services. On the other hand if your data was that valuable, likely you would have your data backed up.

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