If you deleted all data on it, it's now empty, no need to format or partition.
Select the files and folders you want and choose copy then paste to your maxtor drive.
Or you can use the Windows backup to save the files to the maxtor.
Personaly I prefer to backup data files manually, so that they are accessible as individual files, rather then the one large Windows file.
For instance I would select my documents, photos and media folders and just copy them across to the backup drive. Anything important that I don't want to loose gets burnt to dvd.
I do I backup data files manually from windows. I would like to backup just my document, photos and media folders. Where is the backup drive. Are you talking about my maxtor drive.