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

by Eileen Richards

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.

Use Maxtor Manager to reset the OneTouch 4

Turn on your computer.

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

Launch the "Maxtor Manager" software.

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

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

Pretend you forgot your password and do not enter one.

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


  • close 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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About the Author

Eileen Richards has been writing essays and technical documentation for more than 15 years and currently contributes to various websites. Richards holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture, a Master of Fine Arts in digital production, and is working toward a Doctor of Professional Studies in computing.

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