Tip & How-To about Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini overview

MAXTOR MANAGER & SAFETY DRILL SOFTWARE - Clarification
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(Please also see tip 'PC RECOVERY & MAXTOR ONETOUCH 4 MINI SOFTWARE' for some more details about managing this invaluable, but problematic, software).

1.) The CD Included with OneTouch 4 Mini
- is only used as a boot disc for system restoration using 'Safety Drill' copies of a whole system
(see 5. and 6. below).
n.b. Maxtor Manager and drivers are not on this CD
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2.) Maxtor Manager
- When the drive is new, the installation files for Maxtor Manager (a set of utilies), as well as a comprehensive User Manual, are pre-saved as files on the drive itself. This is why the manual strongly recommends copying and saving them on the PC for future use. This is just in case you need to format the drive and then cannot retrieve the files to reinstall the Manager program later.
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3.) Using the OneTouch 4 Mini without extra software
PCs already have the necessary drivers to run external drives so OneTouch can be accessed though its icon in the 'My Computer' window without any other software being required, and files can be copied and 'dragged out' or 'dropped in' as usual.
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4.) Installation of Maxtor Manager
- Installation just requires double clicking on the 'Launch' icon, which is among the file icons on the drive itself

This takes you through the installation steps to install 'Maxtor Manager' on the PC.
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5.) 'Safety Drill' Copies
- These are copies of the whole system in its current state, which may be saved onto the OneTouch drive by using the 'Safety Drill' utility, which is only one of the programs in the set of utilities accessed through Maxtor Manager.
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6.) Using 'Safety Drill'
- To use it to make a copy, first install Manager and run it, then click on the Safety Drill icon in the row of utility icons across the top of each page.
In the event of a disaster, full recovery to the date of the last or an earlier Safety Drill copy can be achieved.
This is done by putting the supplied CD in the PC's drive, ensuring that BIOS is set to 'boot from CD' (the default), connecting the drive, restarting the PC to boot from the CD (see 1. above), and following the on-screen instructions to restore from a Safety Drill copy which has been saved on the OneTouch drive.
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7.) If Maxtor Manager becomes corrupt
- e.g if Manager ceases to recognise the drive, or if the list of safety drill copies contains duplicates, it is time to uninstall and then reinstall it, which usually puts things right. But see 2.) if you should wish to format the drive as well, make sure you have saved a copy of these installation files from the drive :-

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8.) Diagnose or repair disk errors, & check warranty status
- Seatools
is a free diagnostic, repair, and auto-warranty checker program which can be downloaded from Seagate.
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9.) To preserve the Setup Files
Installation of Maxtor Manager is performed by clicking the file marked 'Launch' which can be found amongst the setup files on the OneTouch drive itself, see 2. above. They are not on the CD which is provided.

The files can more easily be identified at first by exploring the OneTouch drive, where they remain unless the drive is formatted. It is a good idea to copy the setup files to PC because no download is available.

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pls i need a maxtor onetouch4 mini safety drill recovery disc


Hi, You can download it here:-

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=ot4-safety-drill&vgnextoid=104c7fe050744110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD

"Once downloaded, you can use a third-party CD Burning Application to create (burn) a new, SafetyDrill CD in the event that the original CD becomes damaged, lost or corrupted."

Dec 20, 2010 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160GB External USB...

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after trying to restore with safety drill, nothing happened except when i went to my desktop, my maxtor drive isn't there any more and when I try to bring it up, I am told it isn't there. Where did my files go and how do I get them back. I have lost files 4 times in 3 years and had high hopes for this software. Please tell me my files are not lost.


Hi, you said "when I try to bring it up, I am told it isn't there" so it sounds as if this is what Maxtor Manager is telling you. However you may find that the OneTouch drive does appear in Control Panel (found in My Computer). If so it means that the PC can 'see' it, even if Manager cannot. If the drive does not show in Control Panel there may be a USB power problem or something wrong with the USB cables. It is more likely that you can see it in Control Panel and possible that the Maxtor Manager program is corrupt, in which case you could try to repair it. You can do this by highlighting and clicking it in the list in Add or Remove Programs (in Control Panel). This should offer the 'repair' option which might do the trick. If it is still a problem, and if you saved the original contents of the OneTouch (as is strongly recommended in the installation guide), then you might consider uninstalling the Manager and re-installing it by clicking on the setup file in the contents you saved. Hope this helps but come back if still stuck. Regards Chas

Nov 27, 2010 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160GB External USB...

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Safety Drill using the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini


The safety drill ONLY copies documents and email stuff. So the restoration process would only put back all the documents (and pictures) and email info. It should not interfere with the rest of your computer setup at all.

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You can remove and disconnect the drive with out losing data. Since it is a usb drive its always best stop the device before removing. You do this by clicking on the icon in the task bar . It has a green arrow above it. As for the safety drill have not use it but should be able to get instruction once you install it ( look at the help files ) Hope this helps

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