Maxtor External Hard Drive Troubleshooting!

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Hello all,

Here is my situation: I have an external Maxtor one touch 200 gig hard drive that I connect to my work laptop. I plugged in my external hard drive via USB cable and booted up my laptop. I hadn't realized that I left my hard drive on. I received a Windows XP screen that appeared to be analyzing my drive, when I saw the line of text about writing or failing to find I boot sector I immediately cut power to the external hard drive. Now every time I load Windows my F: drive appears(external hard drive) but when I try to access data, it says the drive is not functional or inaccessible.

Below are my specs of my machine:

System: Microsoft Windows XP
Professional
Version2002
Service Pack 2

Processor: 2.00ghz
1.00 GB of Ram.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
Louis
 
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I was not, but since I had it turned on while I was booting my laptop I think Windows thought I was....I have no operating system installed on my external.
 

fastco

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Just change the boot sequence in the laptop bios so it does IDE-0 or hard drive first, then Optical or cd-rom drive second or else every time you start your computer with the usb drive attached, the computer will look to boot off of it.
 
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Thanks for the info. I will do this. But as far as the data is concerned have I lost that for good then?
 

fastco

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You should be able to access the info once Windows has started, through windows explorer. Hopefully... It hasn't been formatted or anything, has it?
 
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