One thing to note here though is Maxtor's target user group, which is mainly that of the corporate world.
This explains the rather straightforward external design (a contrast from that of Seagate's offering), which fits in the general corporate culture.
This is also the only drive in our roundup to feature Fire Wire, but for e SATA needs, you'll need go with the Seagate option.
It is a troubleshooting application for after you install and start having problems.
It sounds like you might have a driver missing for the External drive.
The drive's housing itself has a translucent 'bar' button (which doubles up as a power status indicator) that works hand-in-hand with the software to facilitate "One Touch" backup and you can preset it to backup/sync exactly what you require.
Clearly, the Maxtor drive has what it takes to convince business users.
To test if this is actually a viable option, we slapped together a Seagate Barracuda 750GB with the Cooler Master X Craft casing.
The X Craft comes with one e SATA and one USB 2.0 port.
These yellow marks are for unknown attached devices Windows does not know what it is, and can not install because it has no driver in it's data base to recognize it. If not in the System Bio's, then possibly in the Administrator's System Services File. I need to turn my hard drive on and off about 30 times before it's finally recognised (this takes about 45 mins! to solve the problem, click on the "Start" menu, click the "Run" command, and type in: , scroll down until you see both these services. It's weird, last night before I successfully managed to see it on my computer, the hard drive made loads of clunky sounds (that it didn't make when I pulled it out of the main computer - as if it was trying to make the computer recognise it!
If the hard drive is plugged in, do a re-start of the computer, navigate to the above mention Device Manager and see. right click on each of the services about and select properties, on the general tab, change the startup type to "automatic" and click the start button under the service status. It drives me crazy, why does it work some times and then not others? ) as it's been doing for the past couple of weeks prior to being recognised - but today it's just being silent and I feel like it'll take even more attempts for the computer to recognise it than usual. xxxyou know, I know think it might be a problem with my external hard drive and not my computer's drivers or anything. xx I'm having exactly the same problems with a Seagate drive that I just got in a package from TIger Direct.
However, beware of very shoddy low cost drive enclosures as they may forego quality in the areas of ease of assembly and even the circuitry between the physical drive and the ports, which could lead to problems over time.
Also some enclosures might forego backup software and even if they are provided, they are hardly as tightly-knit as those on the Maxtor and Seagate external drives.
The Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus comes with the following accessories: Some users may prefer to actually not use a pre-built solution and take a DIY route.