Maxtor External USB Drive becomes unallocated
Posted on 2005-05-10
Recently began using a Maxtor One Touch II as a backup device. Intent is to do daily backups of data files to different folders... and periodically do full Ghost images... for a laptop that travels alot.
Installed the drivers for the drive without problems.
Reformatted it as NTFS.
Successfully did a Ghost image and the first daily backup.
We could browse for files and folders - you know, that stuff drives normally let you do.
Everything got powered down... and when we powered up the next day... we could not see the drive (E:) in Windows Explorer. Going to Disk Manager, it shows the external drive as unallocated with no drive letter.
Called Maxtor, they advised that with XP that happens sometimes when you move it from machine to machine... but suggested we just try reformatting again.
In this case, we did not move it from machine to machine... and since the whole purpose of the external drive is to be the primary backup... this causes me a significant amount of concern (polite understatement).
Has anyone else seen this happen?
Has anyone else seen this as "common" when you move from machine to machine?
Has anyone out there had better experience with other external USB drives for this application.
BTW... I have used earlier models of the maxtor external USB - on multiple machines - without problems before.