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Re: MAxtor hard drive wont connect
Is the hard drive detected by the BIOS? you can verify if your hard drive is detected by Right click on taskbar > properties > startmenu
> customize > advanced > scroll down completely and select
system administration tools "Display on the all programs menu" > ok.
Click on start > all programs > administrative tools >
computer management > double click on storage. click on disk
management(local) here you should see your lacie. If you dont then the
drive is probably not detected. If you see, you can just partition and format it again from here and it will appear in your my computer.
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Connect the drive.
Open "My Computer".
Right-mouse click on the icon for the Maxtor.
When it completes (in a few seconds), all the files on the disk will be "gone",
because a "blank" Table-Of-Contents has replaced the previous Table-Of-Contents.
Unless the data on the maxtor is very important You should format the drive, assuming you are using windows, go to my computer, right click on the drive, it should show the option to format. If the info is very important, my advice take it to a info recovery business.
I have one as well running along with a PC. PCs and Macs are formatted differently. Go to www.maxtor.com and create a search for reformatting from a Mac to a PC with your Operating System in the search as well. Should have no problems after doing that. It will tell you and or show you where and how to reformat.
I've had to use it many times in the past but in this case you need to plug that drive into another system as an external drive or slave drive and run the software from there. It will rebuild the drive and hopefully recover the files.
After you get back your files, you can then format the drive and reinstall your system.
First, because they came from the Lacie external drive, they were raided to look like a single drive. To format them inside your computer. You have to go into computer management to initialize each drive at a time and format them by right clicking on the drive and format
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.