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Several things could be happening. 1. the hard drive direct drive motor is giving out. 2. the hard drive is full. 3. the hard drive needs to be optimized ( that is defragmented) using the Windows defragment utility. If the drive is large it will take some time to complete.
Well, you could create a folder on your c:drive (call it something meaningful) and save all your current stuff to this folder. Ideally you want all your original saved stuff in one folder, and all your new saved stuff in a different folder on the drive, that way you can manage and navigate around your saved data and understand clearly where it is and where it's from. Hope this helps! nicam49
The other comments are not the easiest way to free up space on the drive. The reason you aren't seeing a change in free space is because of a drive error (probably unplugged without unmounting). So First open up disk utilities and fix the hard drive (should only take 1-2 min). After the drive is fixed select erase free space (zero out data is fine for now). This usually takes about 20 min for me with a 120 gig hard drive. This allows you to have the free space without having to move all of those files around (which for me would be a problem because I have 100 gigs used on my drive, which would take forever).
Very Simple. Just connect the Maxtor External Hard drive to your new laptop. Open Windows Explorer and you will see the Maxtor appearing as a Drive. Access the files from the explorer. My advice is that create a new folder on the maxtor and then do a backup of your new laptop on to this new folder. DO the same for your office PC.
Provided that you can find your external drive using My Computer feature, double click on that drive icon and search the drive for the files you wish to put on the computer drive (C drive). If you right click the file or folder on the Maxtor external drive and then choose copy, you can go to the folder on the C drive that you want to paste them into, select it and then right click the folder icon and choose paste to put them into the folder. To make the process quicker, you might choose to paste all files and/or files from the Maxtor drive onto the computer desktop and then move them around later.
Go to "My Computer". Right click your drive and select properties. click the "security" tab. select one by one and click "remove" for each user. When all users have been deleted, click on add. Under the "Enter the object names to select", type "everyone"; click OK. now, under "Permissions for Everyone", click the check box for "Full Control" for "Allow". Now all the boxes for Allow should be checked. click OK. Now you should have access to the drive.