DataStation® maxi pace 3.0


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How do I format my DataStation® maxi pace 3.0?  

Your DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 has been preformatted with the high-performance file system NTFS. This file system is optimized for use with Microsoft® Windows® systems from Windows XP and also works great with modern Linux® operating systems.

If you use Mac® OS X it is necessary that you use a different file system. You can easily reformat your DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 with a different file system using the "Disc Utility" of Mac OS X. You have the choice between the file system "HFS+" ("Mac OS Extended"), which is optimized for use with Mac® OS X, and the file system "FAT32", which permits the exchange of data with Windows operating systems.

Note: ALL the data on the disk will be deleted when you format it!


  • Windows
    The Datastation can be formatted like any other hard disk in Windows.
  1. Under "My Computer"/"Computer", right-click on the local disk "TREKSTOR"
  2. Select "Format…" from the context menu that appears.
  3. Left-click on the "Start" button, and confirm that you want to format by clicking the "OK" button.


  • Mac® OS X from 10.4
    To format the Datastation in Mac OS X, please proceed as follows:
  1. Select "Finder" --> "Programs" --> "Utilities" and open "Disk Utility".
  2. Click on the Datastation to select it. It is listed under its model number.
  3. In the right side of the window, select "Partition".
  4. Use the drop-down list under "Volume Scheme" to select the number of partitionsyou want to create.


  • Formatting with the file system HFS+
    To format the DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 in Mac OS X with the file format "HFS+" ("Mac OS Extended")please proceed as follows:
  1. Click on the button "Options" and choose either "GUID Partition Table" or"Apple Partition Table" as the partition scheme and confirm the choice byklicking on "OK".
  2. Use the drop-down list to determine the file system for the hard disk/partition tobe formatted, and enter the name in the provided field.
  3. To start the formatting of the Datastation, click on the "Apply" button and confirm this by clicking on "Partition", in the window that appears.


  • Formatting with the file system FAT32
  1. The file system "FAT32" offers the maximum compatibility with different operatingsystems. Unfortunately, it is limited with respect to the maximum possible size of a file(max. 4 GB). To format the Datastation using Mac® OS X with the file system "FAT32"please proceed as follows:
  2. Click on the button "Options" and choose "Master Boot Record" as the partitionscheme and confirm the selection by klicking on "OK".
  3. Use the drop-down list to select the file system "MS-DOS"/"MS-DOS (FAT)" for the hard disk/partition to be formatted, and enter the name in the provided field.
  4. Please wait until the formatting of your Datastation has been completed.Please note that formatting under Mac® OS X 10.4.x takes a long time.
  5. To start the formatting of the DataStation® maxi pace 3.0, click on the "Apply" button and confirmthis by clicking on "Partition", in the window that appears.

Why is my DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 not displayed in the computer settings?  

Possible reasons:

DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 was not initialized/partitioned:

Initialize and partition your drive to display it on the computer by following the instructions below:


Windows® 7/ Vista®/ XP

1. Connect the DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 to your computer via the supplied USB cable, and if necessary to the electric circuit.
Please note that it is required to sign in as an administrator to perform the following steps!
2. Open the Disk Management by right clicking the Desktop/Computer icon in the start menu. (In Windows XP, the Computer symbol may be located on the desktop) Select the menu item ‘Manage’.  In the left menu under Volume, click on Disk Management.
3. You can also open the Disk Management by entering ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the input field of the start menu. After inputting, open the displayed application.
4. The bottom part shows a graphical representation of the drives connected to your computer (CD1, CD2, HDD, Card reader…)
5. If you are not sure which of the indicated drives refers to your external hard drive, please perform the described steps with the Datastation not connected in order to compare which entry is removed or added. This entry corresponds to your Datastation. If a wizard opens automatically, the drive was not initialized. Follow the instructions and select ‘MBR’ as partition type. After completing, the drive is initialized and it can be partitioned and formatted.
6. Right click the graphic that is now displayed with a black bar representing your TREKSTOR drive. Select the menu item New Partition in the appearing menu. A wizard to create new partitions is opened. Click Continue.
Select a primary partition and click Continue. You are now prompted to enter a new size for the drive.  Click Continue. The next screen can be accepted without changes. Click Continue. You are now prompted to format the newly created partition. Check the Perform Quick Format/Quickformat box and click Continue and then Complete. As soon as a letter and a file system are available for your created drive, the DataStation® maxi pace 3.0 is operational.

How do I install the driver for my 3.5" maxi Hard Drive?  

1. Open Computer Management by right-clicking the My Computer icon in the Start menu (In Windows XP you can also find the My Computer icon on the Desktop). Select the menu item Manage. Open the Device Manager. Make sure that all entries in the Device Manager are visible.
2. Please disconnect all other USB devices from the PC. Now switch on the Datastation® maxi. If the system detects the drive, the entries in the Device Manager will be rebuilt. The drive can now be seen under Other Devices/Other Components or under USB Controllers.
3. If the entry appears under Other Devices/Other Components, right-click on it and then select Uninstall/Remove. The driver will be removed from the Device Manager. When the entry disappears, switch off the Datastation maxi and restart the computer.
4. After your computer has restarted, turn on the Datastation maxi again. Now the driver should be installed correctly. You can tell this from the fact that the Datastation is displayed as a drive under Computer in Windows Explorer. If the entry appears under USB Controllers, please proceed as described above.