D5CFA76B is the code I get when I try to run the diagnostic utility. Says also when started that it is not formatted. This happened before on another one and it simply started working again. This time however it is not comming back up. Only thing that happened is my notebook docking station, (Dell D610 Lattitude Notebook), had a USB PCI card, (Belkin), that simply would not work with my system and it would fail to finish boot, freezing on the Black Windows XP screen. This drive was not plugged into any of its ports, and was in fact plugged into my notebook directly using two of its ports. All my ports started reading as USB 1.1 when I plugged it in and it would pop up a message saying the Maxtor Mini, 60 gig, was not formatted. Can you help with this? Murphy's Law, I was sitting down ready to back up that drive when all this happened. Never even got to hit one key. Thank you
Somehow find another XP system to test your MAXTOR. I would suspect a connection problem with the docking station and/or a USB PCI card compatibility issue. PCI USB expansion cards are notorious for chipset/driver related problems.
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First you should go to Maxtor's support site and download their diagnostics tools or use an all in one utility disc such as Hiren's BootCD. Almost any of the other utility discs out there should contain all the testing tools you could need, but I like Hiren's.
After you have ran the diagnostics tools and determined that the drive has not failed you will then want to low level format the drive. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKED UP OR RECOVERED ANY DATA ON THIS DRIVE !!!FIRST!!!. Once you low level format your drive the data will be gone for good. The tool to low level format the drive can be found on Maxtor's support site or on a good util disc like Hiren's. What low level formatting does is write 0's to every sector of the driver returning it to factory condition. After this is done it *SHOULD* format correct if the drive is not damaged. Keep in mind if the drive has corrupted once or fails the Maxtor tests it will fail again and it is only a matter of time. I would recommend trying to RMA it only storing data you do not mind losing.
Hi Lois, If your Maxtor appears in Disk Utility but the disk volume is not displayed, it's possible that the partition on the disk has been deleted for some reason. If that's the case, you will have to use a disk partitioning utility to create a new partition and then format the hard drive. Best wishes, Graemevm
well..it's possibly the case that the maxtor is looking for mp3 files that are compressed using a different algorithm than what you are sending to it. can you open an mp3 file, and look at the properties, then compare that to your mp3 file specs for your maxtor
You can try:
1. Open your "My Computer" and determine which of your HDs is the Maxtor III, say "E" or "F";
2. Right click on the Maxtor III;
3. Click on "Format";
4. On the File System, select FAT 32;
5. Click on "Start"
Of course formatting your HD will delete its content.
Alternately, you can:
a. Open a command prompt window (type "cmd" in "Run";
b. type "format E: /fs:FAT32" assuming your PC assigned the drive letter "E" to the Maxtor III;
c. hit "Enter"
If for some reason this will not work, you may have to likewise delete the partition first. A handy 3rd party utility for the partition/format of a hard disk is Partition Magic.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turns out or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.
You can try and use PowerQuest PartitionMagic. It will allow you to partition/format/check most HDs including USB connected. Choices/options are from FAT16 to NTFS and Linux.
Another handy disk utility that is a freeware is HP's bootable flash utility at http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/serveroptions/us/download/23839.html
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things are or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.