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I have a maxtor external hard drive and just deleted something that I shouldn't have. How do I recover it?

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Hello, My maxtor onetouch mini gives problems It makes strange soud and all my data is lost. Could you please help me to ged my data back? nazha


here is the best way to get your files back.

1.) Stop using the hard drive IMMEDIATELY! Do not drag or create any files on it.
2.) Download Asoftech Data Recovery program from
http://www.asoftech.com/products.html
3.) Install and run the data recovery program against the hard disk

Good luck.

Mar 04, 2011 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 120GB External USB...

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Freezes both my desktop and laptop and doesn't let me get to my work on it.


Hi, Let see if I got your posting/description right: 1. Whenever you connect/access your Maxtor OneTouch External in either the desktop or laptop, the PC will freeze/hang; and 2. The Maxtor OneTouch External contains important files/data that you'd rather not delete, hence you cannot format it likewise. Your query "Is it possible I deleted something that gives me access and I need to reload that?" - No, I don't think so. From what can be assumed from your post, "I did delete some stuff off..." thereafter, you started having problem with the drive, the probable problem is when you deleted some of your files, the Maxtor OneTouch External has not finished updating what was deleted in its master file listing when it was disconnected, powered down or a power surge or even a slight glitch. The result is the File Allocation Table got messed up. This is like the Table of Contents of a book. The pages/contents are still there but since the Table of Contents is either missing or damaged, the PC would not not what chapter is in what page. Thereafter whenever you connect it to a PC, the PC spends considerable length of time looking for the File Allocation Table, what files to what area of the Maxtor OneTouch External and eventually uses most if not all of its resources just trying to know which and where. If it is still under warranty, claim for a replacement and demand that your files be recovered and transferred to your replacement/new HD. If no longer under warranty or your files will not be recovered for you, you have to google for a freeware file recovery utility/software. The objective is for the utility program to access your external HD and copy the files inside to another HD that can accommodate your file size. it has to be another 120Gb or higher. It is possible that you have to run your PC/Laptop in Safe Mode if it will not run in Normal Mode with the external HD attached. You may want to refer to this link of a similar concern (http://www.fixya.com/support/t191153-device_recognized). You can also check if the external is spinning inside by touching the enclosure. Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post backhow things turn up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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I have a Maxtor OneTouch 4 which instead of openeing is opening a window telling me to to format my drive, and if I do that I will lose all my data,How can i restart the drive without re-formatting?


Don't be panic. you can try some data recovery software. You can see
http://www.asoftech.com/articles/how-to-recover-deleted-files.html
It tells the steps how to perform data recovery.

If above does not work, you may have to format the hard drive (use quick format), and then use above file undelete program to scan again the hard drive and recover your files

Feb 21, 2011 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 500GB External USB 2.0...

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Have a bunch of "backed up" files on the Maxtor in


you can download a hard drive data recovery software, recommended asoftech data recovery as it helped me before. you can download it from
http://www.asoftech.com/adr/

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How do I recover 1 file?


Download the software Data recovery from the following site http://www.recoverdeletedfiles.net/

Download the free trial version and you would be able to recover deleted files

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My maxtor external hard drive has stopped working. When I plug the power in the light only comes on temporarily therefore i can't use it. Have I lost all my saved data?


My maxtor external hard drive has stopped working.There is a chance that you can recover data using a USB to IDE or SATA Adapter Cable to recover your data they cost about $30 if you cant get hard drive to power with adapter chances are it has crashed there are places that can get data off hard drive but they are very pricey hope this helps.

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Problem open up my maxtor one touch 500gb to retieve photos


first, recover your files. You will need to use hard drive deleted photo recovery program like Asoftech Photo Recovery, you can follow this video to recover deleted photo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNxApz_PBW8

I've had to use it many times in the past but in this case you need to plug that drive into another system as an external drive or slave drive and run the software from there. It will rebuild the drive and hopefully recover the files.

After you get back your files, you can then format the drive and reinstall your system.

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My maxtor external hard drive has done a scheguled Plan b backup but files that I removed from my master hard drive to free up space because I had them saved on my external hard drive are now missing from...


When a file is delete, it's still there on the drive, just as before; all that happens is that the file table marks it as free space and changes its name so it's no longer visible. There are a number of "undelete" utilities available, including several good ones, like asoftech data recovery that helped me before:
http://www.asoftech.com/adr/

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Delete info from an external hard drive?


run diskmgmt.msc delete. then create then format .. also theres a tool called Wipedisk from www.thefreecountry.com/security/securedelete.shtml

Jul 21, 2008 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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Does maxtor 3100 storage automatically add file to itself?


Yes, it is wise to do a house cleaning on your Maxtor. Whether you delete everything or not is up to you. However, do not do this by formatting the hard drive.

If you find you need a file later you deleted from the drive, a free program called 'FileScavenger' can recover it for you. If you format the hard drive the ability to recover a file becomes highly unlikely.

We techs have expensive software to recover files should you need to get it retrieved, but the interface is designed for techs and not the average user.

Regards,
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