Active Killdisk Freeware version
If your starting again with the drive and reformatting I'd try using this little utility, if you download the top one you will get a version in the zip file that works within Windows KD_Win.exe, use this and erase your entire drive if there are any major problems with the drive this will also fail to complete.Make sure you select the correct drive, if you select the wrong one no recovery utility will get your data BACK
Also have you tried running a hdd diagnostic on the drive? Maxtor don't appear to have a utility designed to run with the external drive on there site, but I could be wrong but I couldn't see one. Seagate have a generic test that will run on any drive and can be run from windows. Download Seatools here
Edited by stidyup, 02 March 2006 - 03:29 AM.