Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB Hard Drive

5 Answers

I can't delete files from my Maxtor 3200 external hard drive

I copied everything from my HP computer to the new Maxtor external hard drive before I installed a new Dell computer. I was only using 60GB on the old 80GB HP. I set the new computer to backup only the changes since the last backup to the Maxtor. I have only used 83GB on my new computer and have 205 GB free. The Maxtor only has 917MB free of 189GB. I don't know how the Maxtor got 188GB on it! I have tried everything that I can think of to erase/remove some file but I can't . I have thought of just wiping it all out but can't do that when I can't even get rid of anything! I don't want to have to buy another external drive and I am restraining myself from taking a hammer to it. Do you know how I can remove unwanted files from the external drive? Thanks.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • fchaffin Jun 20, 2009

    I tried all the usual methods--click organize, select, delete and it disappears from list and says folder empty but the free space is not increased. I have deleted selected files from recycle bin but still didn't incease free space. I did the view hidden files and then the click organize, select, delete and that doesn't get rid of them either. I have searched online for a solution and found out their are a lot of people with the same problem but no solution. I was going to reformat but was afraid that I wouldn't be able to copy to it after I did. I guess I will just have to buy a new external hard drive or keep using dvds for backup.

  • fchaffin Jun 20, 2009

    I guess I will just reformat and start fresh. I have all the good stuff on dvds. I suspect that the backup was backing up everything until it filled up the external hard drive so from now on I will just backup manually.

  • fchaffin Jun 20, 2009

    Thanks everyone for the help.

  • fchaffin Dec 21, 2009

    Thank you everyone for your solutions. What I finally did was pray for the best result and reformatted the Maxtor external hard drive. Then I copied everything I wanted backed up to the Maxtor. It turned out fine. Whew!



5 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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).

Posted on Dec 20, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I'm trying to do the same thing, deleting files from my Maxtor external HD. I recently did the "save files somewhere else and then reformat the drive" route. I just tried something else. I right clicked on the test folder I had put on the drive (about 688 mb), and selected "delete." The system asked if I was sure, yes, I'm sure, and it was gone. However, the drive still shows that space being occupied. So next, I right clicked on the drive icon, chose "Properties" and under the "General" tab clicked on the "Disc Cleanup" button. I chose "My files only" on the "Disc Cleanup Option" dialog box that comes up, and then click on the select box next to "Recycle Bin." When I clicked on the select box for the recycle bin, it immediately showed that there was 688 mb of files that would be deleted. I then click "OK" and the folder was cleaned off the disc. When I open "My computer" and look at the drive, it shows the original amount of memory. The folder is gone, but more importantly, the drive has released that amount of memory. BTW, I'm running Vista Home, patiently awaiting my Windows 7 free upgrade that was supposed to come with this computer.
Hope it helps. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 3,278 Answers

When you access Windows Explorer, do you see that drive ? If so, you can see the files and erase as needed. When all else fails, you could format that drive to wipe everything.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 31 Answers

In removing unwanted file u need only use the folder option click on the the drives the click tools, the folder option the default their don the not view hidden file what u need to is click on view all the hidden and uncheck the first 2 below the view all the apply apply viruses and other temporary files will appear. what u need is to select all the unwanted files that u need that is not ur own files then delete.also u need to delete on the recyclebin.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 214 Answers

You will not be able to erase the selected dada instead you have to clear off the full hard disk for resolving the problem. for clearing all the data, just right click on the removable drive icon and select format option and now click on format, but remember! all the data in the hardisk will be erased, and there is no other way to resolve your problem

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

  • satya prakash sahoo Jun 20, 2009

    no need of buying another hard disk! reformatting will solve your problem, but you must creat an back up copies in some cd or dvd disk or in other removable disk


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Windows -Delayed write failed. Windows was unable to save all the data for the file D:\$MFT

You've got a "hardware" problem with the disk-drive. Windows cannot write an updated 'MFT' ("Master File Table") to reflect files that you have added/deleted/updated on the Maxtor.

Copy all the files from the Maxtor, e.g., onto another external drive, or "burning" to DVD disks, and then replace the Maxtor disk-drive.

Dec 31, 2010 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

2 Answers

My desk top crashed and I have all my files backed up on a Maxtor 3200. How do I down load my backup files from my Maxtor 3200 to my new lap top. I can't find any paper work for it.


Just plug into your laptop and find the drive for it, then enter into the files that you want to put on your laptop.
Copy and paste these files into your laptop hard drive, don't cut and paste just copy and paste them.

That way you will always have them incase your laptop should go down.

Hope this helped.



Oct 19, 2010 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

4 Answers

Maxtor 3200 was working fine. Suddenly my

Try connecting it to another computer.
If it is not detected, then either the disk-drive "inside" the unit is dead, or the "adapter" (USB-to-Disk-Drive) inside the unit is dead.

If the latter, disassemble the case, remove the disk-drive, and attach it as an "internal" hard-drive to your computer.

Nov 01, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

Maxtor external hard drive not working how can remove files and store on my computer


If the drive is not working you have a few options. First, head to your local PC shop and have the techs take the hard drive out of the enclosure and test it. If the drive itself is still working have the techs put it in a new enclosure and make another copy of you files ASAP. If it's a failed drive then you will need the help of a pro, in this case reply back with your location(Country, State and City) and I will refer you to a pro in your region who can help get your files back.

Hope this helps FixYa,


Sep 23, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

Maxtor personal storage 3200 problem!!!

First, try another USB Cable. If that does not work properly then I would suspect the box or the drive has failed. If you just bought it, return it to the store and complain. They may replace it. As for your data?

Now if you want to become techie you can remove the hard drive from the box and attach it to you computer either copy the files back if you do not have them on your computer or format the drive if you have your files. Then put the drive back in the box and try to get a refund or buy a different external. I like a metal box with an AC cord plug. Best of luck.

Jun 01, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

Maxtor 3200

Seagate troubleshooting Error Code 10, states that drive has failed. (Seagate bought out Maxtor)

Before you resign yourself to everything is lost on this harddrive, how about trying one more thing?

How about putting the harddrive inside in a new external enclosure, and see if it works? I suggest that perhaps the external enclosure it's in, is bad.
The harddrive inside is a 3.5 inch harddrive. Same width as used by a desktop computer. It is a Sata harddrive.

Here's an example of a 3.5 inch Sata, external enclosure,
Just pop the external enclosure open that holds it now, take it out, and install it into an external enclosure like the example above. Plug in the USB cable.

Don't know if this applies to your particular Maxtor Personal Storage 3200, but when I went to search for the type of harddrive it uses just now, I ran into thsi, and thought I would pass it along.

May 10, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

Maxtor 3200 cannot find file

You might have to uninstall, and reinstall your game, if the program files can not be located

Jan 11, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

Maxtor 320 usage instructions

The new hard drive should be showing up for you in "My Computer". If it's showing up there you can just start copying files onto it.

Jan 03, 2008 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB Hard Drive Logo

1,667 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Maxtor Computers & Internet Experts

Arora Singh
Arora Singh

Level 2 Expert

180 Answers

Computer Links

Level 3 Expert

2386 Answers

Phillip Whisenant
Phillip Whisenant

Level 2 Expert

138 Answers

Are you a Maxtor Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides