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Flashing LED light but not working

I accidentally inserted my lap top's ac/dc adapter into my external Toshiba hard drive and now it just flashes on and of continuously when i try switching it on. Please help

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  • lwanga447 Feb 13, 2009

    Oh no, i thought that inserting my laptops adapter would damage my hard drive but i hoped that the problem wasn't that.



    My lap top's adapter reads 19v 15a, and the external hard drive 12v 2a...

    What can i do to try and repare it, is the warrenty over now that i have done this? because it says on the paper that if i use a third party adapter i loose it, i inserted it for a few seconds,

  • lwanga447 Feb 13, 2009

    or doesn't it have a fuse for such cases, so that i change it?

  • lwanga447 Feb 14, 2009

    Ok thank you, i will try that.

  • Misterixas May 11, 2010

    Check if your laptop's ac/dc adapter's voltage differs from external hard drive's. If so, there's a possibility that you damaged your external HDD's power circuit.

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Unfortuntly, this caused the drives power source to be exceded and damage the drive or circut board. If you know someone that knows computer well, have them or yourself take the hard drive out and manually connect the driver to a computer and extract your data, if the drive is not damage that is, there is know way to know for sure until you try to connect to a PC directly. Or, purchas another USB external housing.

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