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Re: transfering data from Maxtor to a new computer
It's a USB Hard drive, so you should plug the USB port into one computer, put your information on it, then plug the USB port into the other computer. Browse the Hard Drive for your data. It's like a larger flash drive.
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The best way to confirm that 100% of data has copied from one location to another is to use a "checksum". There is a free Windows program that can do this, download it here:
Then click "Download" on the right hand side and download the Zip file containing the setup program and run the program.
A checksum is when a "hash" of two files or folders are compared. A "hash" is like a fingerprint of a file or a folder. So if 2 folders have the same hash, they have the same data and are identical. This way you can know you copied your data correctly to your USB hard drive.
The hard drive is likely failing. Use the utility available here to see if that is the case: http://www.tacktech.com/download.cfm?file=mirror/maxtor/PwrMxEn.exe
If it is failing, try putting it in a ziplock with the air sucked out in the freezer for about 5 minutes, then place back into the computer and see if that works. If it does, transfer as much data as you can to another drive, rinse and repeat until finished. If it is still under warranty, you can send it to Seagate and they will replace it, but not recover the data without outrageous fees.
You can buy another external housing and then just swap the hard drive itself over to the new housing. The housing only cost in the 30 buck range if not cheaper. If you need to get the data off, you can also buy an EIDE/SATA to USB adapter that will allow the connection between an unhoused hard drive and a computer. CompUSA sells them for around 20-25 bucks.
this message comes mostly due to the nonavailability of the drivers. so i would request you to first install the drivers of your maxtor personal storage 3100 to your DELL studio computer, then connect your maxtor storage to your DELL computer. this should fix your fix your issue.
Well, since you are discarding the case, use a small flat head screw driver or something to pry the case open. Once inside, the HD will be plugged in to a circuit board and screwed in place. Unscrew it and carefuly unplug the HD from the circuit board. Then you can transfer it to another external HD housing.