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Safety Drill using the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini

My PC was on the verge of crashing so I did a safetydrill using my Maxtor One touch 4 mini external hard drive and backed up my files and documents. Before I got round to doing my husbands and childrens documents and pictures etc the computer crashed. I have had someone in to repair the computer. Does the safety drill copy all files or just the system files to restore the PC, or does it take a copy of all the documents and pictures on my computer and how do I get them back? I don't want to boot the computer up and run the safety drill in case it puts the PC back to how it was before I paid to get it fixed!

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  • clg0 Jul 15, 2009

    I decided to have a go at using the safety drill CD and booted up my computer using this. I got to the section where it gives you options - what do you want to restore and to what drive, it only gave me the option of the PC drive. This listed some files on the right hand side, such as NTFS and FAT32 files (not that I know what these files are but I am sure they are system related files) and underneath them it said all data on this drive(PC) will be erased. Doesn't this contradict when you said that it shouldn't interfere with the rest of my computer set up?

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The safety drill ONLY copies documents and email stuff. So the restoration process would only put back all the documents (and pictures) and email info. It should not interfere with the rest of your computer setup at all.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

  • Chris6 Dec 10, 2010

    Hi clg0,

    I have Safety Drill and believe that using it is NOT the same as doing a backup of files. If you click on the Safety Drill icon you can either change a couple of settings and create a Safety Drill Copy, or manage the copies if any have been created before. A Safety Drill copy can be used to restore the PC to exactly as it was, in every way, when the copy was made. To do this you need to have software installed and the included recovery CD in the drive when you switch on with the BIOS set to boot first from CD (which is usually the default) and then follow the instructions on screen.

    You said "I don't want to boot the computer up and run the safety drill in case it puts the PC back to how it was before I paid to get it fixed!" No don't do that ... unless you have already stored a Safety Drill copy in the first place, as above.

    If you do want to make a Safety Drill copy when your computer is working properly it should provide a reliable way to avoid having someone in to repair the computer after another software failure, or even to restore everything after a hardware failure. Very good stuff, and it saved my bacon several times!

    I don't think you can store document backups as well as Safety Drill copies of the whole system, so think it is EITHER OR, but would be interested in comments about that.

    Regards
    Chris

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini overview


MAXTOR MANAGER & SAFETY DRILL SOFTWARE - Clarification
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(Please also see tip 'PC RECOVERY & MAXTOR ONETOUCH 4 MINI SOFTWARE' for some more details about managing this invaluable, but problematic, software).

1.) The CD Included with OneTouch 4 Mini
- is only used as a boot disc for system restoration using 'Safety Drill' copies of a whole system
(see 5. and 6. below).
n.b. Maxtor Manager and drivers are not on this CD
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
2.) Maxtor Manager
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chas6_2.jpg
This takes you through the installation steps to install 'Maxtor Manager' on the PC.
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5.) 'Safety Drill' Copies
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chas6_3.jpg
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8.) Diagnose or repair disk errors, & check warranty status
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The files can more easily be identified at first by exploring the OneTouch drive, where they remain unless the drive is formatted. It is a good idea to copy the setup files to PC because no download is available.

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PC RECOVERY & MAXTOR ONETOUCH 4 MINI SOFTWARE


MAXTOR MANAGER & SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT
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1.) The CD Included with OneTouch 4 Mini
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(see 5. and 6. below).
n.b. Maxtor Manager and drivers are not on this CD
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2.) Maxtor Manager
- When the drive is new, the installation files for Maxtor Manager (a set of utilies), as well as a comprehensive User Manual,are pre-saved as files on the drive itself. This is why the manual strongly recommends copying and saving them on the PC for future use. This is just in case you need to format the drive and then cannot retrieve the files to reinstall the Manager program later.
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3.) Using the OneTouch 4 Mini without extra software
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4.) Installation of Maxtor Manager
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5.) 'Safety Drill' Copies
-These are copies of the whole system in its current state, which may be saved onto the OneTouch drive by using the 'Safety Drill' utility,which is only one of the programs in the set of utilities accessed through Maxtor Manager.
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- In the event of a disaster, full recovery of the full working system to the date of the last or an earlier Safety Drill copy can be achieved.
- This is done by putting the supplied CD in the PC's drive, ensuring that BIOS is set to 'boot from CD' (the default),connecting the drive, restarting the PC to boot from the CD (see 1.above), and following the on-screen instructions to restore from a Safety Drill copy which has been saved on the OneTouch drive.
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7.) If Maxtor Manager becomes corrupt
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chas6_3.jpg
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in My Computer
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Hmmm What software do you need?
You should not need software to run the HDD. Just plug it in.
You can get the One Touch software from Seagate (who no own Maxtor) See
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=ot4-downloads&vgnextoid=0ed72c9e46914110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD
HTH

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