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I am getting an "I/O device error" message on my maxtor external drive and i need some help. how do i fix this?

any help would be much appreciated
 

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try switching the jumpers on the hard drive
remove the jumper completly if all else fails
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If the drive was working, it won't suddenly require the jumpers to be changed, I don't think that's a good idea! :4-thatsba

I think my first move would be to try it on another computer. It should connect with no drivers to ME/2K/XP, that would be the first test.

If it still has an I/O error, you may have to remove the disk and connect it to a desktop IDE controller to narrow it down between the USB case and the drive. Also, data recovery utilities work much better when the drive is directly connected.
 

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If the drive was working,
your right john, if the drive was working...

If it still has an I/O error, you may have to remove the disk and connect it to a desktop IDE controller
and at this point the case is being opened up anyway....

i guess i should have been more inquisitive if the drive was store bought or home made.... :sayno:
 
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