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If the OneTouch does not appear in My Computer
or cannot be found by Maxtor Manager, right click on My Computer icon
and select Properties, Device Manager, Disc drives, and expand Disc
Drives. There will probably be a yellow overlay over Maxtor drive, to
show it has a problem, so right click on it and select 'Choose drivers
for this device' to reinstall them. Without going online they seem to be
found somewhere locally on the PC and I hope this will do the trick.
You said it has stopped being picked up when plugged in so I hope this is note is relevantbut I don't think it is abnormal for it just to blink.
If the OneTouch does not appear in My Computer or cannot befound by Maxtor Manager, right click on My Computer icon and select Properties,Device Manager, Disc drives, and expand Disc Drives.
There may be ayellow overlay over Maxtor drive, to show it has a problem, so right click onit and select 'Choose drivers for this device' to reinstall them.
Without goingonline they seem to be found and reinstalled from somewhere locally on the PC and I hope this willdo the trick.
Also in case this helps, I don't find the OneTouch (Maxtor Manager) software appears when the driveis plugged in, so I think this is normal too.
You should look for an icon (a capital M within a blue disc) for Maxtor Managerin the taskbar, at the bottom right of the PC's screen.
Right clicking on this icon, (capital M), should bring up awindow with Maxtor Manager at the top.
Then click on the text 'Maxtor Manager' to open the program's window.
I'm assuming you use Vista. First view the Maxtor drive (Start - Control Panel - Admin Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management) and see if Active or make it Active. You then can give it a drive letter.
For Vista you don't need any driver for this, it should recognize and install automatically. Did you check the device manager to see if the disk is recognized in the device list?
Next step is to check the Disk Manager (right-click My Computer, select Manage and then select disk management), and see if the disk already has a partition and has been formatted. If not, then it will not show up in "My Computer" with a drive letter yet.
Is it showing up in your USB system tray icon as a device?
Go to the Computer Management interface from the Administrative Tools. In there is a Disk Management node. See if the disk drive shows up there. Maybe it is listed without a drive letter and you need to supply one in order to see it in "My Computer".
Also, has the drive shown up properly before and is just suddenly not showing? Or is this the first time you're trying to use it? When you connected it to the USB port, did a little tooltip window appear and say it located a new hard drive? It should then install the right driver and notify you that it is ready for use. There is a chance you might need an updated device driver...
Go into Control Panel go into 'Administrative Tools', double click 'Computer Management' click on 'Disk Management'. Do you see the hard drive?? Right click on the drive and select 'Format'. If this didn't help, write back and we'll find another way.