Maxtor hard disk drives may not be made any more (with the brand passing to the ownership of Seagate) but that does not mean that there is no longer a requirement for recovery of older hard disks from time to time.

Below is a break down of some of the more common problems that Maxtor hard drives can experience:

Media Degradation and Bad Sectors

Degradation of a hard drive's ability to read data from the platters is a problem that, given enough time, will effect every mechanical hard drive. In fact the process is often going on with individual sectors or larger groups of sectors of the hard drive on a regular basis. The drive is normally able to remap the problem sectors and replace them with ones from a reserved area of the disk. When bad sectors become a more evident problem, it is often too late to retrieve all of your data by conventional means. This is where TRC Data Recovery can help.

We use specialist hardware and software techniques to retrieve the data that is stored on sectors that have gone bad. In most cases we are able to fully recover hard drives with even the most severe of media degradation problems.

Maxtor Firmware Corruption

Firmware is the code that governs how your Maxtor hard drive initialises itself, deals with internal defects and generally communicates with your computer or external device.  Many elements of the firmware of the drive are specific to the individual unit and repairing a fault with it requires extensive experience and tremendous care.

When a drive experiences a corruption of its firmware microcode it can no longer operate as a storage device, each and every attempt that your computer makes to access the drive or its data will result in an error.  When this happens with a Maxtor disk it is common that the drive's ID will be misrepresented as its family name rather than its model number:

  • Maxtor N40P
  • Maxtor ARES C64K
  • Maxtor Calypso
  • Maxtor Sabre

A full list of Maxtor family names can be found here.

If your drive is displaying these symptoms you will need professional help to recover your data. Contact TRC for a no-obligation quotation.

Mechanical failures

Just like other mechanical hard disk drives, Maxtor branded devices can suffer at the hands of failure of one of their internal moving parts. Common fault areas on hard drives include the motor spindle assembly and the read read write heads.

Symptoms of a mechanical failure are often the simplest of any failure type to identify as they are most commonly audible. Drives that have failed in this way may be making clicking, screeching, beeping or grinding noises.

You can read more about our data recovery services for noisy hard drives here:

If any of these failure types are suspected it is very important that the hard drive is powered down until some specialist advice has been sought.

Other Failure Types

Maxtor hard drives are also susceptible to failure of the manner in which any other hard disk drive can fail. TRC Data Recovery also support recover from devices where:

  • The hard Drive has been knocked or dropped
  • Files have been deleted
  • Operating systems have been re-installed
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