My Maxtor One Touch 4 external hard drive is acting up. I'm getting an error message from the Maxtor software that there is no partition or that the partition is not recognized and is telling me to format the drive. I do not want to do this yet because I do not want to lose my data.
I've been looking at some data recovery programs to try to recover the data. When I first downloaded the recovery program, it saw the hard drive but then I had to pay to recover the data. So then I downloaded a free data recover program and now I can not get the hard drive to show up...on neither of the recovery programs.
It does not show up in My Computer, but does show up in Device Manager. Any ideas how I can get this to show up in my computer again or to show up on a "drive search" in one of the recovery programs? I really do not want to pay the expensive fees to have a "professional" recovery service do it.