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Maxtor drive can not be detected from computer

I have this drive that i havent use for a long time. when i plugged it in for the first time the computer recognizes it but then when i go to my computer the drive was not there.

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  • Natsley Mar 03, 2009

    I have the same problem, maxtor drive cannot be detected from my computer. Also, I haven't used it for a long time - and it ticks!

  • was_a_guru Mar 14, 2009

    Bought a One Touch III Turbo (2TB), configured it as RAID 1. Ran one backup. Two days later tried to run another backup. Drive was not detected by system. Re-installed drivers, drive was detected. Ran backup. In middle of backup got error message "Delayed Write Failed..., Operation Terminated". Drive was making clicking noise. Powered everything off then on again. Drive not recognized, and making clicking noise.

    I was in the drive business for 30 years, and this is an indication of drive failure. Didn't want to return drive as there was sensitive data on it from first backup. Took it apart and tested each drive. Sure enough one of the drives exhibited the clicking problem. It was toast!

    Lot's of similar posts on web. Apparently this is a common failure with Maxtor/Seagate drives. There is a law firm that is soliciting information from users that have had this problem for a class action lawsuit. See the URL below:

    1. Don't buy Maxtor/Seagate drives
    2. Back up using encryption so if you have to return you can do so safely



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You have lost the drivers for it. Go to Maxtor's web site and search for the drivers download for the model you have then install them.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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    Phillip Whisenant Oct 15, 2009

    I have a Maxtor as well. Great external HD. You must go to and run new updated drivers for it. You said it has not been used in a while right? Then you deffently need to update it's drivers.



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