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I'm confused. Is the maxtor drive 250GB? Have you partition it to 30GB? Or is it that the computer only reads 30GB instead of 250GB? Does this drive have Windows on it? Also you might want to check your BIOS (Motherboard input/output system) by pressing Del key or F12 and see if this drive is the startup Drive. If you don't have Windows on this drive, make sure it is NOT the startup drive. Hope this helps.
try and assign the drive a drive letter by right clicking on my computer and choose manage.
go to disk management
look for the maxtor hard drive.
if you see it listed there below you should be able to right click on it and assign a drive letter.
if you dont see it then it doesn't detect the hard drive. please check your hard drive connections and try again.
it is asking for the drivers that it needs to "talk" toyour drive. a driver is a small software program that makes a hrd ware device work. when you bout the drive there should have beena disc with drivers on it. perhaps the startup disc even. unplug the drive from the computer and install the drivers then re plug it in. it should work. if you do not have the drivers for it you can get them from www.maxtor.com/support
but most likely the disc you have has them on it. the trouble you have is that you MUST unplug the drive and install the drivers FIRST. othwise you will get an error asking for the drivers.
so just unplug it and put the disc in you drive and look for "install drivers" option when the cd starts up.