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Any hope? I have a Maxtor MaxLine Plus II SATA hard drive. It was the main drive in my Dell machine for the last few years. The machine failed to boot and I replaced and rebuilt with another drive, but am continuing to try and get the data off of this one. If I connect it as the only drive in the system, the BIOS of the machine will see the drive correctly. It still won't boot but at least it sees it. iolo System Mechanic Pro sees errors but only goes so far and stops. If I try to add it as a second drive the BIOS does not see it at all. I've purchased an external SATA to USB case and installed the drive in that and when plugged into the USB port the computer does not recognize it. The drive light lights up and I can feel vibration, but nothing else. I was wondering if there was a jumper setting for the drive to put it in a recovery mode or if I can force it into slave mode??? From what I've seen online the jumpers are not used on the SATA model. So I'm stuck at this point. I can't afford to send it out to be recovered. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks, Lou

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Not real sure about XP or Vista, but back with 98 you could do c:/fdisk /mbr to fix the boot sector, i believe that was the way. maybe a smarter person can tell you have to do it.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, it is possible that only the partition is damaged hence it is not recognized. Should this be true, try a file recovery program while it is attached to the external to USB adapter. While there are freewares on the net, I have had very very good success using GetDataBack. You can download a trial copy (there are 2 FAT & NTFS) and just see if it GetDataBack will be able to read the files inside the erring SATA drive. If not, then nothing much really could be done if it is a hardware error, but if yes, the files could be seen, then perhaps purchasing the recovery program or searching for a freeware version might just do the trick.

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Hi my problem is i have maxtor maxline plus ii 250gb i put it like external hard disk but its not not recognized, i try with some tools to fix it because some answers say its mbr its the probleme of that...

Restart your computer with the XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed. Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a shiny new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR. If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command instead. Hope this helps

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Will not recognize sata drive need to know necessary connections

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Try the disk-drive in some other computer.

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My 7Y250MO hard drive starts clicking and after a few seconds the system locks up only fixed by powering down and restarting.

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yes ther is...low lever format tools...u can find them any were in the web, **** manufactures usualy have there own tools and recomend them for there own the maxtors low level format tool is in "hirens boot cd"......
and ther is also some old bioses that include such option/tool.
the idea is to fill all the hard disk sectors with zero...u can even do it urself ;)

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The only thing you can do is replace the drive. You might be able to burn some data to a CD or DVD or external hard drive before the replacement, but it cannot be guaranteed.

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turn of Ahci mode from your bios settings and if there is also some sata configuration then turn those off also then check...
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My Maxtor suddenly stopped working, no more power. I took it out of the hardcase and there's a brown stain (burned) on the SMOOTH chip. Any chance on recovering the data? Thanks

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I lost a drive once and now backup all my important video, etc. onto dvd as a precaution.

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I need to set jumpers on hard drive Maxtor Maxline plus II y653z5le as a secondary drive. How do i do that?

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There are no master/slave settings on SATA drives because each drive has its own cable. The drive order is determined by what SATA port they are plugged into, or by the BIOS configuration.

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