How do I use my Maxtor One Touch External Hard Drive Properly?

By maniac_lonestar ยท 4 replies
Apr 21, 2007
  1. My brother gave me his older Maxtor Hard Drive, the One Touch but he threw tha manual away, it gave with this "base" or plastic thing that would let the maxtor stand. And I am not sure if I am suppose to attack this hard drive with the stand. I think it is inconvenient because I bring my hard drive to different places.

    Here is a Maxtor One Touch, laying down:

    Here is a Maxtor One Touch with a base/stand and standing:

    So here are some questions:
    _1) What is the propery way to use my One Touch?
    __a) I must always use it standing up with a stand?
    __b) I could use it standing up, or laying down, doesn't matter even if the ____Disk's are verticle or parrallel to gravity?

    _2) How do I properly turn off the External Hard Drive?
    __a) Safely Remove Plug and Play?
    __b) Or I could just press the off button?
    __c) dont do ANYTHING ur hard drive will die, just turn off computer then ____turn off the drive?

    _3) How come everytime I add and remove data, copy and paste, and I wait a few seconds to make sure the drive isn't active, I can't safely remove hardware?

    4) Is it better to keep the external hard drive on all day? or turn it off after each use? what happens if I keep on turning it on and off because I keep on saving backup data every 2 hours?

    Thanks, for any help I can get man.
  2. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 320

    If you copy data data to it regularly leave it on.
    If you only use it once a day,just turn it on then turn it off.

    Use the "Safely Remove" hardware icon,or
    if it`s got a power switch use that.

    It will work vertically and horizontally.

    Don`t bang it,or submerse it in boiling acid.

    Manual HERE
  3. maniac_lonestar

    maniac_lonestar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 117

    Thankyou, link is down but will come back on, I'll check it later. Thanks again and alot!
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    standing in upright keeps it cooler
    heat is drive enemy
    these drives are in very cheap cases and are not cooled very well
    bring a small fan with you
  5. maniac_lonestar

    maniac_lonestar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 117

    Oh I never keep it upright that's good information.
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