External Hard Drive issue

By at_witz_end
Sep 7, 2007
  1. Have a Maxtor One Touch III 500gb external hard drive. Initially set it up, formatted literally backing up my life to it and nine months down the road all of a sudden my computer does not acknowledge the drive. I have rebooted with the drive off. I have uninstalled / reinstalled software and drivers, changed out the cables.

    Even more interesting, I have a "removable disk" showing up on My Computer with the letter "F" and when I try to launch it, it tells me there is no disk in the drive.

    Disk manager does not acknowledge the drive either, at least not that I can tell.

  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    can u change the hard drive in the cage? if so put another hard drive in and see u can see it an old small hard drive will tell u if the cage is still is working.
  3. at_witz_end

    at_witz_end TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry to sound like I do not know what I am doin, but I don't.
    What is a cage?
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the external inclosure.
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the external device the drive is install in.
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