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Maxtor One Touch II 300 GB not accessible

This is my first posting, so please forgive me if i leave anything out. I've had a Maxtor One Touch II 300 GB external hard drive for about 6 months now. I tried running a game off it tonight through my laptop (Compaq Presario 900 w/ Amd athlon processor on XP) only to have the whole computer lockup. Since it came back, the Maxtor has been no longer accessible. Windows will still acknowledge when it's plugged in through either my my USB 1.1 port or 2.0 notebook card. But when I try opening the hard drive, I get two alternating error messages. The first is ''The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'' and the second is ''The parameter is incorrect.'' I also keep getting ''Data Execution Prevention'' notices from Windows.

I've read different forums on the similar topics and searched Maxtor but nothing seems to fit my problem. One solution I tried is to type chkdsk g:/f in a command prompt. The response I get is ''The type of the file system is NTFS.'' & ''Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted'' Also, Device Status says that ''The device is working properly.''

So I have a few questions. Are there any solutions to fix it? Is the data recoverable? Would it work again if I formated the drive? Or do I now have a $250 paper weight that has lost all my pictures, work documents, and music?

I would greatly appreciate any help.

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Lets' start with have you contacted Maxtor ??

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If it's any should be under warranty for one year from date of purchase or mfg whichever is later.

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In reply to: Lets' start with have you contacted Maxtor ??

I'm usually in class or working during their contact hours, and I can't find an e-mail address to send my query to. Also, I never sent in the warranty card (pretty stupid, I know).

But what I've done so far is focused at recovery. I bought a DVD burner and have been using a file recovery software to back up all my files (so far, no problems). Next, I'm going to try the maxtor recovery software. I'm not sure, but I might have backed it up. If that doesn't work, then I'll just reformat the drive. If anyone knows that reformating it won't work or possibly make the situation even worse, let me know. Thanks

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Not sure you need to register if you have proof of purchase

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Go to the Maxtor site and check ... let tham make good on their el lamo product once you get what you need off it and wipe it before returning if possible

Let us know what happens

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Warranty Info

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It's a good thing I'm a pack rat. I found all my Maxtor documents that came with it, including the warranty information. I honestly wouldn't have even thought about that if you hadn't mentioned something about it. Thanks again.

Other than that, I got about 30 more GB's left to recover out of the 150 I'd put on it. The DVD burner is being a life saver.

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The link.

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