Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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