I have an older maxtor 1 touch 200gb external HDD that has data on it, but when it is connected to windows 7, win7 says I must format the HDD before it can be used. How can I access the data on this drive?
yes, just did this - tested it on two other pc's. one a win 7, the other win xp. both have similar symptoms. you hear the little beep that the os discovered the device, and eventuially a drive letter / entry was gen'd in my computer, BUT there is no space info next to it , and when you click on it in my computer, it hangs. i am sure there is data on it.
are they any tools or procedures to get at the data , if only to get it off b4 a format?
I have a Maxtor OneTouch 4 that did the exact same thing on my Win7 rig.
I downloaded the Maxtor Manager software and saved it to desktop.
Opened it by going to properties/compatability/Vista 64
Priveleges checked to Admin
Worked right away.
I understand your drive is older but i would give it a shot. http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name...