I have been given a Maxtor One Touch 180gb peripheral. Unfortunately there is no manual or disc or anything with it. Where can I get a user manual from please & also what exactly is this item used for?
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As it is known to everyone that Win 7 is the latest Operating System from Microsoft and that lacks one of the best thing which Windows XP was having embedded inside it. Yes the in-built drivers which were automatically detected and installed without any rush for chasing drivers. Till date there are many computer peripherals like (printers, scanners, webcams, tablets, sound cards, NIC or Ethernet or LAN card, laptop, notepad GPS devises, Routers, Switches, Modems, Mobiles and many more) for which MS has not yet released the drivers or the publisher has not yet released drivers for Win 7. Hence,ultimately the user is suffering as they cannot use the peripherals which they were able to use with XP but after installing Win7 those devices don't work anymore because of the lack of drivers inside Win7 Operating
The good news
Win 7 has a very good feature inbuilt on this problem that is compatibility driver installation mode. One can try and install the existing Win XP driver in Win7 with compatible mode.If an XP driver is installed in Win7 with compatibility mode then that particular peripheral gives out the efficiency upto 90% .
In order to install the driver first connect the device to pc and then select have disc in the wizard which pop-ups and then follow the wizard and look out for the word compatibility mode.Just select compatibility mode and your device isready to be used in Win 7.Otherwise you can also install the driver through control panel add new hardware and simply select have disc instead of search automatic and don't forget to select compatible mode while following the wizards instructions.
The manual you should be able to get from Toshiba themselves. Click on the link below and click on all categories and select User guide/agenda. From there you can download the user guide that you can install on the laptop before you give it to your granddaughter. >>>>>
You can create the Recovery Discs for the Computer.
Ensure all open programs are closed.
Ensure all network
connections are disconnected.
Ensure all peripheral devices are
disconnected. NOTE: If the computer uses an external CD/DVD drive, ensure
the drive is plugged in according to the instructions in the VAIO User
From within the VAIO
Recovery Center application, under Choose a
program , click Create Recovery Discs .
NOTE: The VAIO
Recovery Center can be accessed from within Windows
Help and Support . Click Troubleshoot my VAIO [FIG. 1], and then
click Launch VAIO Recovery Center .
the Create Recovery Discs window, click
the Start button.
In the When recovery discs are needed window, click the
In the Choose your media window, click the Next button. NOTE: Although an option is provided for creating Dual Layer (DL) discs, that option will not
produce usable discs on this model. Ensure the Create
recovery disc(s) using... DVD(s) option remains selected before
clicking Next .
a blank, recordable DVD into the DVD drive.
In the Insert a blank disc window, click the OK button.
Insert a new disc when
necessary as instructed.
When all the disks have been created,
click the Finish button.
You can call Direct Accessories and Parts Center at: 1-800-488-SONY (7669) to order Recovery Discs also.
The BIOS determine the maximum size hard drive that can be installed in the laptop. Put a smaller hard drive in the laptop say 120Gb hard drive, you will lose approx 10% in the formatting process.
Use the 180GB in another laptop or put it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as a portable external hard drive.
If you have recovery disk try starting them from Windows, or start computer with disk inside and chose 'boot from cd'. After booting from recovery disc chose complete recovery. Save a backup of your data, as complete recovery may delete the data. If recovery disk does not work you will have to install Windows from a generic Windows setup disk, in this case refer to manual for how to.