How to Restore a Maxtor One Touch 4 to the State it Was When I Purchased it

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How to Restore a Maxtor One Touch 4 to the State it Was When I Purchased it
Maxtor software can help reset your drive back to factory settings. (hard drive image by Madrider from

If you're ready for a digital clean sweep, the "Maxtor One Touch 4" offers software that can help. Maxtor Manager, provided to drive owners, has a hidden feature which will perform a secure erase of the entire drive. While this process may take some time to finish, it will clean the drive as if it were newly purchased. Just be careful you've backed up any precious data first.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Maxtor OneTouch 4
  • Maxtor Manager

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  1. 1

    Turn on your computer.

  2. 2

    Power on the drive; ensure it is connected to your computer.

  3. 3

    Launch the "Maxtor Manager" software.

  4. 4

    Create a password under Security (also called a "DrivePass"). If you already have a password, you can skip this step.

  5. 5

    Power down the drive, wait 30 seconds, then power up the drive

  6. 6

    Pretend you forgot your password and do not enter one.

  7. 7

    Choose "Erase" and wait (this process could take several hours).

Tips and warnings

  • Delete is forever - if you choose to erase the drive and set it back to factory settings, you will lose whatever was on it.

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