After four years of trouble free external backup, my Maxtor 'OneTouch4' external hard drive has been sending me repeated messages for a few weeks or so about not being 'partitioned' with an accompanying warning that to do so will erase all stored information. I can't figure out from the Maxtor [now Seagate] webpage what that even means. I've noticed a few other changes as well, like 'bleep, bloop' 'pong' like sounds from time to time which come and go, but when I run a 'test' the result is 'normal operation' for the hard drive..... when I place a cursor on the green Maxtor status button at the bottom of my screen, I usually see 'drives connected' but sometimes another message...can't think of the phrase but something like 'undetermined'....The white light on the Maxtor hard drive was blinking afew days ago...but is back to a steady oncurrently.... So do I need to to anything and if so what?? forgot: in the last few days began getting a message pop up like "access denied for pictures importing, Maxtor in use with Windows'....but there is nothing connected for importing pictures...when I do upload pictures, I use a USB cord connected to my camera....last upload of pictures last week seemed normal. Thank you.