Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:26 PM
Hello. I'm having a baffling problem with a 650gb Maxtor Basics Desktop external HD. I'm running Windows XP.
All was well till a couple of weeks ago when i rather embarrassingly blew my internal HD as a result of vacuuming. With a new internal installed i was up and running again. 2 of my 3 external HD's worked fine , but i had a problem with the 650gb Maxtor. Although it showed up as Drive F in My Computer , when i clicked on it i got the message ''The Disk in Drive F is not formatted. Do you want to Format it now .'' Obviously not as i had 200gb of data on it. It also showed as having 0 bytes Used Space : 0 bytes Free Space and the file System as being RAW.
Googling this problem came up with a few suggestions , and the obvious one seemed to work. Turn off the PC and connect the external to a different USB Port. When i restarted my PC all was well . Drive F showed up as 200gb used space , 430gb free space and i could access all the files on it as per normal. Problem solved i thought. Wrong. Next time i turned off my PC and rebooted , i was back to square one , ie Drive F was RAW etc. If i turned off my PC again and connected the external to a different Port all was well again .
And that's where i am now. To get the external to work i have to disconnect it every time i turn off my PC and connect it to a different Port.
I've done everything i can think of to solve the problem . I've reformatted the Drive , i've run Seagate Tools on it , nothing makes any difference. I'm 99% sure this is not a problem with my USB Ports , as i've experimented with my 2 other externals which work fine.
One thing that may be of note. When i go to Disc Management , the externals which are working normally display as Healthy/Active . The one with the problem just shows as Healthy.
Any help or advice on this problem would be much appreciated.