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Not detected by My Computer

The Maxtor drive shows up under "Disk drives" in the Device Manager and according to the status is working properly. However I cannot access the drive as it does not show up in My Computer. I have uninstalled and installed in device manager but it makes no difference. Habe also disabled/enabled but to no effect. Can anyone suggest a solution? Thank you

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  • Colin Starr Jul 14, 2007

    Thank you - it worked!

  • tomballbrown Nov 03, 2007

    my maxtor 3200 external isn't recognized in disk management either although the device is listed as working properly in the device manager section under hardware.I can uninstall and reinstall and try to update driver but says I have the most updated driver to date.Its been fine for about a year so far as well.When I unplug it and plug it back in it makes a new sound that is very much like a ringtone also.What gives...any ideas...Any help would be great!!!!!!!

  • sicabaca Nov 04, 2007

    maxtor 3200 shows error when i plug it in and says it may not work properly.

  • good lookin Nov 06, 2007

    MY Computer cannot see the drive it does show up in device manager, under properties, says that the device cannot start (code 10) Good lookin

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2007

    i reformat my hard drive

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2007

    i accidentally reformat the hard drive

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2007

    It will not show up in my computer....

  • Susannah Nov 20, 2007

    My external hard drive is plugged in, but it isn't showing up in My Computer.

    I've checked in Control Panel / Administration Tools / Computer Management / Disk Management - but it's not showing up anywhere!

    What do I do now?


  • Gwenlrin Nov 21, 2007

    The usb hd is marked Unreadable and my partitions cannot be accessed at all. The harddisk is not visible - and can not be formatted. Any other solutions?

  • m hustings Sep 17, 2008

    I have a maxtor onetouch 3 60GB mini and i have the same problem as described before, namely that although in device manager the drive is recognised and supposed to be working fine it does bo actually appear anywhere else so i cannot access it.

  • mattkube Oct 12, 2008

    i am having a similar issue with my maxtor 3200 hard drive. My computer froze one day, rebooted the computer and never fully rebooted. I unplugged my hard drive in case I would lose any data, rebooted the computer and plugged in the hard drive...the hard drive is not recognized now. Have I lost everything? What can be done?

  • arunakus Feb 13, 2009

    i don't see even my portable MAXTOR 250 GB hard disk in the diskmanagement.Any help please very urgent

  • simpora Feb 20, 2009

    I have a Maxtor external hard drive and it has always worked perfectly. I just tried to plug it into the usb and it does not show up as detected on either my desktop computer or lap top. Help!

  • edwinpingca Mar 02, 2009

    I have maxtor 3200 200gb, before it was working properly but suddenly the hard drive doesnt appear anymore in my computer. While it appears in disk management but need to be initialized, I try it by right clicking and select initialized disk but after the process, the status remained unchanged "Not initialized" and I cannot change either the drive letter assignment because the drive is unallocated, and no format option while doing right click on the drive.

  • jennmarie_22 Mar 19, 2009

    Maxtor external drive on recognized in My Computer. Cannot access files on hard drive. What can I do to retrive files?

  • frieda2009 Mar 22, 2009

    I have an external hard drive. it was working finr for abt 5 months. then one day half hour after i used it at work, i tried using on my notebook. it detected there was the hard drive and red light is flashing but it is not there in the my computer and neither can i get access to it. pls help i have lots of data on it which is very very important! pls help



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Go into Control Panel go into 'Administrative Tools', double click 'Computer Management' click on 'Disk Management'. Do you see the hard drive?? Right click on the drive and select 'Format'. If this didn't help, write back and we'll find another way.

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