I recently purchased a Maxtor OneTouch III Mini External HD 80GB. I attached it via USB and the drivers were installed. I then proceeded to install the software that came with it.
Here's my problem. Shortly after I connect the device, my computer begins to slow down. Everything I do from opening a window to browsing the internet or reading my email takes a very long time for the command to execute. if I eject the drive via Remove Hardware safely from the System tray, the computer remains slow until I reboot.
Last night I did an image backup of some files which was successfull. When I came back to turn off my computer, it did not respond. I left it overnight and when I checked on it in the morning, it only ended the explorer shell but my desktop wallpaper was still there, hanging. I had to do a hard shutdown.
I also noticed that the light on the Maxtor is always blinking even though there is no activity on the drive.
I've also left a support notice for Maxtor but I thought I would ask the experts here.
Here are my specs:
- 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 533 MHz
- Intel Duo Core, Pentium D, 2.8 GHz
- ATI PCIe x16 Radeon with 512MB RAM
- OS is Vista Home Premium, fully patched
I also made sure I installed the Maxtor software that is Vista compatible straight off the Maxtor website
On the retail box there is a "Works with Windows Vista" logo but requirements do not mention Windows Vista only XP/2000
I formatted one partition on the Maxtor - entire space, NTFS, Primary Partition
Any clues to this slowdown??