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Maxtor One Touch III does not show up as a drive

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I have a friend with a Maxtor One Touch II that he uses to back up his 3 desktops computer (all Dells). Recently the drive stopped becoming available on his Optiplex 620. The drive does show in the Device Manager and in properties displays as working. However in My Computer, Windows Explorer or even Disk Management it does not show up.

I have unistalled device in Device Manager and when plugged back in it reinstalls but is still not available.
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Try to look at the Disk Management console. If it is there try to asign letter on it.

Rightclcik My computer>>Manage>>Disk Management

How many USB device is connected simultaneously?
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Drive was not in Disk Management. Could only see it in Device Manager.
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Sounds like a partition problem.  I would backup the drive, reformat, and restore the files to it.  

The other possible problem could be a registry issue with the computer.  Every USB device gets "remembered" in the registry, but this memory can get messed up.  Delete the device entry in the registry, and the computer will have to "relearn" the drive, which may fix the issue.  
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Try to use other PC with that drive and make sure you are logged in with admin rights.

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Sounds like a partition problem. Get a program called Partition Doctor e try to repair the partition. It should solv that.
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Drive works fine on 2 other systems. It is not a partition. It is a device issue
The following worked
1.Press [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2.Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3.Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4.In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5.Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6.Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7.In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8.Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9.To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.
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Solved problem on my own
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