Quote: Originally Posted by rolemac
thanks again, I'd hate to lose what's on there, it'd be nice if I could find a solution
You won't lose your stuff if that is your backup drive and you used it properly.
A backup is a copy of what you have stored somewhere else. If you have stuff that is stored solely on the Maxtor External, then it isn't a proper backup. That would mean you are using it as a storage drive and not as a backup drive.
I have 14 drives attached to my machine, 1 of them is the OS drive, and 11 of them are storage drives and 2 are backup drives.