Before you contact Maxtor about it, be absolutely sure that there is nothing in the floppy drive when you start the PC. You can also look in the BIOS setup screen (check your POST screen to see which button to press to get into the BIOS setup screen, it may be any of the Function keys or Del or something else). In the BIOS setup screen, you can order which device will be accessed in what order upon startup. For example, the floppy drive may be listed first, followed by the CD-ROM, followed by the hard drive. General rule of thumb: make the floppy the primary boot device, the CD-ROM the secondary boot device, and the hard drive the tertiary boot device. With this order, if you place a rescue disk (floppy or CD) into the drive upon bootup, it will select that first before Windows loads from your hard drive. However, this hierarchy may be giving you the weird problem you are having, therefore try making the hard drive the primary boot device. It may help, or it may not.
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