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external hard drive reset plz

Q: external hard drive reset plz

How do you reset it? I bought it one day at FRYS and I put a password and now I forgot that password. Is there anyway to reset it?
Please share.
I know I'm an idiot and fail at like for forgetting it. ;_;
It's a MAXTOR by the way

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A: external hard drive reset plz

Hi pride and Welcome to Vista Forums.
Did you right click the Hard drive and then format it?
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Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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A:Denied external drive permission after factory reset

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does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
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A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

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Hi .

If "reset" means delete everything...

You can just use the XP delete everything on any drive, before creating a new partition/formatting/installing XP.

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No. There isn't a reset for the HDD.

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A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.

STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation of the Service Pack.

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STEP 4: CHECK DISK MANAGEMENT (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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Check the upper window to find whether the drive letter is present.

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If changing the drive letter is not possible or the drive does not have a drive letter at all, attempt to reformat the drive (click here to see more instructions on how to do so). This will erase any data on the drive, but since the drive is brand new, there is nothing to erase on it.

If it is still not detected, proceed to Step 4.

STEP 5: CHECK DEVICE MANAGER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
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this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

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The times that I have seen these errors appear are usually when I have been careless and removed the drive by unplugging it before it was safe to do so. Like you I find the scan appears to find no errors and the drive works fine.

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