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I'm building a computer. I get no response from this Maxtor Maxline III SATA150 250GB HDD. I've hooked up the SATA cable and the power cable. There are another 4 pins on the back of the hard drive that have nothing plugged in. Is this a problem?

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Need some more information to help you. Does your drive even spin up? If not, are the extra 4 pins you are referring to similar to the standard power pins on the PATA drives? If so they are to be used with power supplies that do not have the SATA power connector. You can use EITHER the SATA power connector(15 pin) OR the other 4 pin power connector. NOT BOTH !!! If the pins are not power connectors, then you are probably referring to jumper pins. Ensure that that all the jumper pins are open. If the drive still does not spin up, the pin 11 on the SATA power cable is probably floating indicating a delayed spin up mode. In this mode, the drive will need the PHY initialization sequence from the system before spinning up. You can override this by grounding pin 11 of the 15 pin SATA power connector. Refer to the attached picture for clarification. If you still have questions send me a comment.

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what problem, it is not shinny any more? LOL?
do say. please.
I am clueless, so far due to?
what system? PC, MAC,DVR,ext, TV, moon rocket.(LOL)
what OS?
using it as an internal drive, 2nd drive, or external.?
boot drive?

Seagate bought out MAXTOR.
that number must be a bar code, its not the product number
so tell me what it is.
as time passes, maxtor, fades to dark at SeaGate.
but this deep search nets, this, (hidden well)

ive been using MAXTOR since day 1.

decodes for Maxtor :


xa = drive family
- 6Y = DiamondMax(DM) Plus 9
- 6B = DM10
- 6L = DM10 RoHS compliant version
- 6H = DM11
- 7B = MaxLine(ML)III
- 7L = MLIII RoHS compliant
- 7H = ML Pro
- 4R = DM16
- 2F = Fireball 3
- 6E = DM Plus 8
- 5A = ML II
- 7Y = ML Plus II
y = the capacity of the disk, in gigabytes. Drives less than 100GB will have a leading zero (80GB is denoted as 080, etc)
b = buffer size and interface
- J = 2MB PATA with ball-bearing motor
- L = 2MB PATA with fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motor
- P = 8MB PATA
- R = 16MB PATA
- M = 8MB SATA
- S = 16MB SATA
- F = 16MB SATA 3gbps
All Maxtor SKUs have a zero at the end. It may have a value, but I'm not aware of one.

Example: A Maxtor drive with a model number of 6Y200P0 is a 200GB 7200RPM PATA drive with an 8MB buffer from the DiamondMax Plus 9 family.

now my generic answer: for all HDD. A+ training....(instructor)
1: i make sure it has +5v and 12vdc power, if not all is hopeless.
2: IF PATA/SATA , i listen to the drive case with my ear.
whirrrrrrrrrrrrrr, no whirrrrrrr ,? its DOA.
if it spins its good. if not its 100% DEAD, (RIP)
3: do the gyro test, (if it fights you, as you change it's direction, then it is spinning) Drive in HAND. (whole deal)
4: does BIOS see it? (MOBO BIOS) hot key hit. RTM on MOBO.
yes, good.
no , DEAD. try another power cord to drive or data cable.
try different data ports. on MOBO.
5: try it on 1 PC, with step 4 and 5
6: if BIOS sees it ,so should WINDOWS. (may)
in the device manager.
and in disk manager. (off computer management CPL)
both. set the drive latter in the latter or it will be hidden.

keep in mind BIOS never tests a drive. it only asks it for
its NAME (PNP) PNP just identiifes the maker and type drive. and its spec. and 1 more tests. it shows the drive is NOT BUSY.
these facts ,help all techs, make good trouble shooting.

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use an external usb ide( or if your hdd is sata,then use a sata cable)then insert to a working computer then you can copy your files

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Will not recognize sata drive need to know necessary connections

There are only two connectors on a SATA drive, namely POWER and DATA.
Check that both cables are securely connected.

Try the disk-drive in some other computer.

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I am looking for a user guide for a Black Armor 320 GB Maxtor, ¿can you help?

why would you need one ? Maxtor has a jumper label
on their face that is all the info you'll need to operate
this HDD , the rest is in the OS set up NTFS or
FAT32 , stick with the NTFS and you'll have no
problems , the jumper label indicates using as a
master , Slave or a Cable select , the IDE cable
in your computer if using an ATA HDD has two
connections the top one is the master the lower
one is the slave , if the HDD is a SATA it has its
own special connection which is marked SATA

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Maxtor one touch iii unable to read drive; the external hard drive previously worked and now it doesn't read the drive

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it may be a sata drive of maxtor please power it up directly to your pc with a sata power and sata cable
the drive will get recognised .
if it gets recognised it means the interphase between the disk and the ext casing has been damaged

if you fail , the disk has lost its firm ware or rom chip rom bin file.
both can be flashed and recover the drive
BEcaerful you can break the plastic casing while removing the raw drive as it had been machine dyed and fixed and you may not find any screw s outside


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2. You're going to have a problem if you install OS in your computer (solution: do not select SATA in HDD type but rather IDE)
3. For your SATA HDD to become primary (boot first) try to select your SATA HDD as devic first to boot..

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