What is N256?

What is N256?



Identifies the "N256" that appears on the drive labels of numerous Maxtor hard drives.

This article will identify the "N256" that appears on the drive labels of numerous Maxtor hard drives. Most of these drives are what is known as legacy - no longer in production by Seagate and in most cases out of warranty. 

The "N256" that appears on these labels is a code that is only of use inside the Seagate (previously, Maxtor) manufacturing facilities.  It is none of the following:

  • Model number
  • Serial number
  • Part number
  • Kit number

Since it appears on such a wide variety of different drive labels, it is of no use for drive identification. 

The following image is that of a DiamondMax 11 drive, and the "N256" is clearly visible near the upper right-hand corner. 

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Here is another example, this time of a Maxtor MaxLine drive. On this label, the Serial Number (SN) and Model Number (Model) are clearly visible in the corners. They are indicated with a red box. The N256 code is indicated with a green box near the center.

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A third example follows, of an older DiamondMax Plus 8 drive. Note the "N256" appears here as well, and the actual model number of the drive is here indicated with a yellow box and a caption identifying the actual model number of the drive.

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Finally, here are two portraits of a legacy Maxtor ATA drive.  The red "1" denotes the N256 code and the red "2" denotes the model number, in this case 52049H4. 

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For help identifying your Maxtor hard drive, please see the following three Knowledge Base articles:

-Document ID: 204211 - How to determine your hard drive model number in Windows or MacOS.
 

Of course, you may check the warranty status of any Maxtor or Seagate drive on our Warranty Services Page





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