I can see my external hard drive in device manager, but not able to access it

I can see my Maxtor external driver in both device manage and my computer but every time I try to access it, it gave me 'I/O Device error' message. I also ran Disk Check in Device Manager and it says the disk is ok. Please help.
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  1. Maybe it needs the driver updated. Try disabling the external drive (Maxtor) in Device Manager, then re-start the computer with the external drive connected. Windows will "find" the new device and install the proper drivers.
  2. Hi there,

    there are a bunch of reports about Maxtor external drives developing I/O errors.

    One report that worked was to run from the cmd line chkdsk X /f using the /f or fix switch and see if that's helpful
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