A few years later, new video card, new Maxtor secondary hard drive. All of a sudden, either the first hard drive won't be seen in POST (leading to a notice to insert boot disk/restart), or the second hard drive won't be. When working, everything works as it should save for the absence of the Maxtor.
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If it is the external hard drive enclosure that is broken then yes. But if it is the hard drive itself that is broken then no.
From what happened I'm thinking that it is the external hard drive enclosure that is broken. That being said, you can easily buy one without the hard drive online. When doing this be sure you know what kind of hard drive is in your Maxtor enclosure. This is important because you need to be sure that your hard drive and enclosure are compatible. Check to see if it uses SATA, ATA, or PATA connectors and then buy the corresponding external hard drive enclosure.
Once you have bought your new empty external hard drive enclosure, it is simply a matter of opening up your Maxtor enclosure and moving the hard drive inside to your newly purchased enclosure and connecting it to your computer.
To avoid problems like this in the future, look into "cloud based storage" to back up all of your data securely online.
The smart control inside the hard drives is to let you know that a drive is about to fail. If you restart your computer and bring up the BIOS you should be able to shut off the SMART warnings. That wont fix your drive, but at least you wont be bothered ...
I would copy the info off that drive asap and save it. SMART is not always right, but its right most of the time and problems will come.
Here are a few things to try. If you have access to a secondary PC or laptop, try connecting your drive to it using a different USB cable. Also try unplugging your drive from the power outlet for a few seconds and then connecting it again. If it?s still not being recognized, Maxtor has a free utility called PowerMax (available at www.maxtor.com) that lets you run various tests on your drive till it identifies the problem. Good luck!
The maxtor one touch hardrives generally have a 3 year warranty on them. If you have the orginal invoice for the same, I would suggest you to call maxtor and they can help you out on the same. The support information is available on the site below http://www.maxtor.com/en/main/support.html
I assume you have two IDE controllers? IDE1 and IDE2, I'll try to help, the primary HD needs to have the pin set to primary and the secondary set to slave, if you're running both of these drives off of the same ribbon cable. You may have to go into your BIOS settings and check to make sure the Primary HD is the WD drive.
im sorry, but it sounds like a hardware problem. theirs not many options. you may either void your warranty by opening it up and hoping you can use the hard drive in another case (hope its not the hard drive) or you can return it under the warranty. That is a bummer.
The terrabyte hard drives havent been completley worked out yet. i have heard of a bunch of problems with them failing because of how they are made. The scary part is i dont think they fixed all the problems with the 1tb drives and now they are moving onto 2 tb's!?!?!?
This is the maxtor 4 installation utility:
MaxBlast 4 is a one-step, ATA/IDE hard drive installation utility. MaxBlast 4 makes hard drive installations and upgrades hassle-free for novices and professionals alike by automatically identifying, partitioning, and formatting any Maxtor ATA or SATA hard drive, making it data-ready in minutes. MaxBlast 4 replaces all previous versions of MaxBlast and MaxBlast Plus.
The PowerMax utility is designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor and Quantum hard drives. These tests will determine hard drive integrity. The PowerMax utility is effective on all ATA (IDE) hard drives with a capacity greater than or equal to 500 MB. Maxtor recommends the use of this utility for troubleshooting potential hard drive problems. These problems include, but are not limited to the following:
* Potential hard drive surface problems (e.g., bad clusters, bad sectors, partitioning/formatting problems, etc.).
* Drive recognition problems (e.g. hard drive that is not recognized by the operating system).
* Software removal.