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Re: Maxtor One Touch 4 is beeping when I connect it by...
Does the HDD spinup? My slightly educated guess... the Ext 2.5in HDD requires more power than it is getting from the single port.
1. Try another port 2. Try it on another computer (all USB ports do not provide 250ma to a load)You may be sharing this avail voltage with all plugged in devices and will have to pull 1-2 others to get the HDD online. Since STARTUP current is high, the HDD pulls all it can from the ports (logical) then settles down and uses 1/3 to keep spinning. After the HDD is up and online, try plugging the other USB devices back in, 1 at a time. If it stalls the HDD - you know the why 3. Take it back and find something a bit less power-hungry (Like Hitichi or Toshiba)
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If it shows up as a USB mass storage device it:-
1. Has power 2. It is connected to the computer via USB. 3.The correct software has been loaded for the hard drive. The beep sound is probably an error message saying that the drive is not responding properly inside the case.
Hard drives Drives have been known to stick or not start up due to power cables or ribbon cables being dislodged. Try pushing these back into place.
If this is not the problem go to the Maxtor site (maxtor.com) and report the problem with the drive, not the USB which appears to functioning correctly.
same thing happened with me, Looks like your pc usb slot is not providing enough power to the drive wither use a Y - USB cable (comes with three USB ends ; where in you will insert two USB cable ends to two usb ports on your pc and the other to ur hard disk) or buy a powered USB root hub.
I had the same problem and the Maxtor/Seagate website did not have any solutions. I finally got in touch with Tech Support and got a fix. I was using it with a Dell tower and plugging into a USB port in the front. I also was using an after market cable.
I learned the Maxtor is a power hog and beeps and shuts down when it is not getting enough power. I did not know but the USB ports on the front of a desktop/tower computer do not provide as much power as a port on the back (the back ports are sometimes directly connected to the motherboard). I got a USBextension cable and connected it to a USB port in the back and it solved the problem.
I also learned that most laptop USB ports are not powerful enough to run the Maxtor. Mine would also not work if you attempt to share it by using an unpoweredUSB hub. I have gotten it to work with a powered desktop USB hub (Belkin).
I believe that this may explain why you get a "Y" cable with the drive. I could not find an explaination for the cable or how to use. There may be an accessory to purchase that attached to the cable and powers it.
Is this a new drive or have you been using it for some time and it just started doing this? What make/model computer do you have?
Usually when they start beeping like that, it's an indication that the drive is not getting enough power. It's possible that you are plugging into unpowered USB ports. Try using the USB ports that are directly connected to the motherboard (the ones in the back.)
Use USB 2.x ports if they are available. Try connecting the drive to another computer.