Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 (M01B080) 80 GB Hard Drive
Thought it might be the cable as the power light is still on, and the hd is still running ok. Not recognized, though, by XP Pro.
Since no driver given for XP as 'slave' hd, what do I do now?
It actually quit on me while running the main drive! suddenly disappeared. If not the cable, or the hd (only two years old) could it be a MS update? this goes on constantly on this drive.
Also have done all the usual, unplugged and replugged after a wait to check on static, etc.
thanks in advance
If this is happeing consistently it is usually the drive itself, the data cable or the controller on the motherboard. Try reconnecting the drive to the controller and cable for your DVD/CD drive.
Leave the DVD disconnected while trying this test. If this works and the maxtor doesn't work on the primary cable as a slave, then try switching cables and see if the problem moves to the DVD.
If neither of these works the fault is in the drive, if it works on the DVD cable on both channels, the problem is in the cable, you can buy a replacement for $2-$5. If it works on the DVD cable alone but not when you move the DVD cable onto the primary channel with the boot drive the problem is likely a failing controller on the motherboard, although this signals worse things to come for the motherboard you can move the maxtor to the slave position on the DVD cable for the time being.
Worst case, if this is a drive with crucial data and it turns out the drive is at fault, if it still works intermittently, back up any data to CD/DVD or external drive before it gives up the ghost, if you can't keep it running that long and need a pro to get your data back, reply with your Country, State and City and I'll refer you to an appropriate facility.
Hope this helps FixYa,
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