Question about Maxtor OneTouch II external hard drive 300GB 7,200 RPM - FireWire & USB (E04W300)
I have a Maxtor One Touch II external hard drive which is used to store family photos and music. One day we are using the drive to order prints online, I-tunes, and Photoshop the next day it shows the disk as not being formatted and the available space is the same as the total. Where did all the data go?
I've seen a lot of flack about these puppies lately. It's usually due to the external enclosure, the harddrive is in, and not the harddrive itself.
It is for this reason, that I suggest that you take the harddrive out of this enclosure, and install it into a decent, affordable, new external enclosure.
External enclosures are relatively cheap!
The harddrive inside the Maxtor One Touch II is a desktop size harddrive. It's a 3.5 inch one.
(3 and a half inches across in width)
It is a Sata harddrive.
These are examples of external enclosures for a Sata 3.5 inch harddrive,
(My recommendation would be the Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360 Su-BL)
This external enclosure has instructions, is easy to install the harddrive, and uses a USB cable just like your old one.
Posted on May 14, 2009
All drives have two sectors of Master Boot Record, one is the working copy and the other a backup copy at the end of the drive. A power outage overnight, or perhaps a windows update that caused a reboot may have occurred that didn't allow the drive to shut down properly therefore corrupting the MBR. The drive reports it's full capacity so I expect there is not likely to be any hardware problem. More likely you can recover the data simply by using a recovery utility like would come with your Norton, or other anti-virus software. I assure you the data is still there. Data on any disk is there until something writes over it. You can't see the data because of a problem with the working copy of the MBR. The recovery utility can restore the working MBR from the backup copy, therefore giving you back your access. Be careful though, do not use any format or re-partitioning utility or you can lose all access. Read the instructions carefully before taking an action.
Posted on May 14, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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