I accidentally touched a screwdriver to the circuit card on the bottom while the drive was energized and running. Click start right click on my computer you should see your drive usually C: Login to post Please use English characters only. Maxtors are very vulnerable to overheating, power surges and bad power supply unit combined with power streak is usually enough to burn spindle motor controller chip on the logic board. I also learned that most laptop USB ports are not powerful enough to run the Maxtor. Maxtor hard disk drives may not be made any more with the brand passing to the ownership of Seagate but that does not mean that there is no longer a requirement for recovery of older hard disks from time to time.

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You have not stated what sort of problems you are having with your maxtor hard drive. Starts up a few rattles clicks and continues to run but never “comes up”. The email address entered area already associated to an account. I believe that this may explain why you get a “Y” cable with the drive. The board let out a puff of smoke and the drive ceased to operate. If one of the modules becomes corrupted the whole hard drive micro-operating system can’t boot up, the drive can’t initialize correctly and stops working.

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Maxtor hard drives are also susceptible to failure of the manner in which any other hard disk drive can fail. Maxtpr also learned that most laptop USB ports are not powerful enough to run the Maxtor.


I had removed it from the case to just take a look. Data recovery in such case involves removing platters from such musical drive in class clean room environment and transplanting them into matching donor. Posted by Anonymous on Apr 13, Below is a break down of some of the more common problems that Maxtor hard drives can experience: Luckily, it doesn’t usually require opening the HDD in clean room and ordering donor maxtkr, so data recovery in this case shouldn’t be too expensive.

The hard Drive has been knocked or dropped Files have been deleted Operating systems have been re-installed. Another issue typical for Maxtor hard drives is damage to the components on mator circuit board PCB.

No, it occasionally spins up, I hear a sound which I imagine is the actuator loading, then I hear a single “click” which I imagine is an unload, then it immediately spins down. Maxtors also well-known for their line of “musical” hard drives that have very high rate of bearings failures.

When bad sectors become a more evident problem, it is often too late to retrieve all of your data by conventional means. Most important to me is the ability to get my media off of the drive, any help will be great. I was using it with a Dell tower and plugging into a USB port in the front.

System Area occupies the negative cylinders, usually on the inner diameter and contains a number of firmware modules. North Dakota, USA Maxtors also well-known for their line of “musical” hard drives that have very high rate of bearings failures.


Drives that have failed in this way may be making clicking, screeching, beeping arez grinding noises. You should have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer.

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Main part of firmware is stored on the platter in so-called System Service Area. You can’t post conmments that contain an email address. Add Your Answer Tips for a great answer: Another quite common symptom Maxtor drives have is clicking, knocking or beeping sound. Should this occur the computer would reboot itself, you would normally notice acrid smoke and smell coming from your PC and when powered on the drive would not spin up at all.

I hope this helps, there are some listed. Answer questions, earn points and help others Answer questions. You can read more about our data recovery services for noisy hard drives here: Common fault areas on hard drives include the motor spindle assembly and the read read write heads. You can’t post answers that contain an email address. More Print this page Share this page.

When this occurs spindle gets stuck and motor voice coil starts producing nice futuristic cell phone melody or siren: