01-30-2010 05:18 AM
I did not buy the Maxtor One Touch 4 (STM303203OTA3E1-RK) so that I could use some sort of proprietary software with limited backup abilities.
I want to use my own choice of backup software, and I want to store ISO images of the primary HDD on the external USB drive.
01-31-2010 04:07 AM - edited 01-31-2010 08:11 AM
Thank-you for the reply. The Maxtor One Touch 4 has now been installed, but not without a puzzle to solve. According to the multimeter, there was not any power to the drive. Evidently, one outlet, on the power strip that is attached to the UPS, is dead.
Then Windows XP announced that it had found new hardware which was already installed. I checked Control Panel > System > Hardware > Hardware Manager, and found nothing amiss. So I used Windows Explorer to copy all of the files from Drive F to a subdirectory on Drive C. Since the autorun (autoplay) feature is disabled on my computer as a security measure, I ran Launch from the primary HDD.
Maxtor Manager is in C:\Program Files\Maxtor, according to the desktop icon. I ran MM and tested the OT, and it did not find any problems. I also used it to examine the power management settings.
When I ran the "Drive Info" feature, the data was displayed in a panel within the Maxtor Manager window, then Maxtor Manager stopped responding to input! There is no button or other way to close the Drive Info display, and I could not use the [X] button to close the Maxtor Manager window. As a last resort, I used Task Manager to kill MM. I have not rebooted yet, but as far as I know nothing has been adversely affected.
So, I think that I will burn the files which are initially on the OT to a CD-RW (and maybe the Maxtor Manager installation in C:\Program Files, too), then delete them from the OT drive, but maybe I should check for software updates first. :-)
Thanks again! If I were more experienced and knowledgable about Seagate and Maxtor disk drives, or even about disk drives in general, then I suppose that I might spend some time here. So, I have one last question:
Is the Maxtor OT basically just a Winchester HDD that is installed in a portable case so that it can be attached externally? I would like to run GRC SpinRite on it about once every calendar quarter to "maintain" the drive recording surfaces. I have done that on the primary HDD for the past four years, and after 6 years + there are no problems with it.