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You did well to have it work so long!
It is out of warranty - open it up, remove the drive from the case. It may be a SATA drive, but probably an IDE from 4 years ago...
Just place it in your computer and it should work fine. The most common problem is the controller card for the external connection has failed. so putting it in your computer as a normal drive will either fix it - or tell you that the drive has died.
Good day sir/maam, I had the same problem with my generic external drive, keeps blinking but cant be recognized by the PC. chances are the Maxtor is done, you can salvage the Hard disk inside. Visit your dealer if its under warantee demand for a replacement they may also have service people to take a look at the drive. hope this helps
hdd problem,, 50% can fix you hdd.. if you have inportant data just make recover.. you can't use that for install program and operating system just only for external, save data but dangeros also maybe someday it wil not work totaly..
sure..the power is not the key issue..what you might consider, is calling a local computer fix it shop, and ask how much to recover that data..then, you may be well advised to consider an online back utility, such as you can find here.