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Re: power supply

Get a new external carrier, new external drive, or find a power supply that puts out the same voltage and at least the same current. If you cannot find a power supply with the same connector you can cut the cables on the new power supply and the old one and splice the connector from the old power supply on.

BTW please try to put some more specific information when asking about a problem. The more info the easier it is to solve.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007

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What voltage is required for the power inlet port or is the USB cable enough?

The 2.5 inch external drive (laptop drive) does not require separate power supply because USB cable can supply enough power for this drive. The 3.5 inch external drive (desktop hard drive) requires separate power supply and it depends on the model.

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My seagate freeagent 1tb is blinking whit lights and my computer does not recognize it. Help me

***Please NOTE***
Touch the drive and put your ear to it, to test if the drive is spinning and working. Do this while it is powered on. Also, try disconnecting the USB cable, reboot the computer, re-connect USB cable to another USB port on computer. If you still have the same issue, try the below solutions.
  • Make sure the computer and external hard drive are powered on.
  • Disconnect the external drive's USB or the eSATA cable, which ever one you're using.
  • Disconnect the power supply plug from the external drive.
  • Power off the computer.
  • Disconnect the computer's power supply cord for 60 seconds.
  • Reconnect the computer.
  • Power on the computer.
  • Connect the power supply to the external drive.
  • Connect the drive's USB or the eSATA cable and check for detection.
If the still no detection and still blinking lights on the drive, check the power supply to the drive.
Check to see what the led light on the power supply is doing.
If it's blinking, power down the drive, unplug data cable and then reconnect the power supply to another electrical outlet. If it still blinks repeatedly, then you power supply is bad.
If the led is solid (lit and not blinking) follow the same steps from above to connect it to another outlet.
Next, plug the power supply to the external drive and power it up.
If the power supply starts to blink repeatedly, then your controller board inside the enclosure is bad.

Thank you for the opportunity to help you.

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No power to my WD 1TB

If its under warranty then get it sent back.

If its not then almost any 3.5 " external sata enclosure will do so long as it has its own power supply. and if that supply is a wall-wart then should you pooch that, they are so easy to pick up and replace.

If you need quick access to the files remove the disk and fit it to a suitable computer.

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Maxtor personal storage 3200 - flashing green light.

First, disconnect the power cable from the back of the external hard drive:
If the power supply LED continues to blink:
  1. Connect the power supply to a different outlet (or instead of connecting to a power strip, connect directly to an outlet in the wall).

  2. If the power supply continues to blink after changing outlets, this indicates that the power supply is defective and needs to be replaced.

  3. If the power supply stays solid, then reconnect to the external hard drive and see if the drive spins.

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Mistakenly plugged maxtor one touch 2 into wrong power adapter

Well Most Likely The Circuit Board Burnet Out Since Its 12V And When Plugged Into A 19V Supply It Will Burn Out Instantly Because It Over Charges The Circuits. So Its Not Possible To Repair Such Damage But You Can Take Out The Hard Drive And Plug IT Into A Desktop Computer And Use It At Home Or As An Online Hard Drive To Store Files

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I have an wd 500gb external hard will not power up. i think it is the transformer does anybody know where i can get one or fix it?

With voltmeter, check voltage from the transformer if you think it is a power issue. If it is faulty, Radio Shack may have something with the right size connector and voltage. Ebay is another option. However be forewarned that MyBook by WD are known to blow up the drive controller board. My 500GB "World Edition" did so after 1.5 yrs. Drive spins but no access. Took controller board out and found burned chip pins.

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What power supply does Lacie 160GB external hard drive use?

Although not sold at Best Buy™, there are available adapters/cables to make this transfer possible. I recommend using a search engine to find "firewire to usb." Hopefully this will give you the results you need.


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External hard drive

500Gb Lacie D2 Quadra with the same problem of flashing led and not mounting on the desktop (Mac G4 Mirror), traced to the power supply (57w) going down on power, both 12v and 5v supplies are available but the main power to run the drive drops to below an adequate output, hence the clicking and whirring evident from the drive with simultaneous flashing led.

Testing with another Lacie power supply (250Gb D2) this time a 34w unit got the drive up and running, however, and this is the reason for this post, this lower power PSU failed a week later whilst waiting for a warranty replacement from Lacie (5 weeks and still waiting for the new PSU from them. they have no stock)

Message for all Lacie D2 users, check the power supplies first, test with another Lacie PSU, do not run the drive on a lower rating (34w) PSU it will fry it and leave you with another failed power supply.

If you are in a tight spot use the temporary power supply to move your data to another drive and get the correct 57w power supply before running the drive again.

Don't do as I did assume any Lacie power supply will run any Lacie hard drive, they won't, fortunately I had a second back up, but am 2 drives down and no new PSU's available to buy anywhere.

Try and purchase another spare 57w power supply, something all D2 users should do for long term security, as these do not seem to be very reliable and getting warranty support from Lacie on these is currently impossible.

The lack of 57w power supplies from Lacie and its distributors across the world is surely a warning to be noted!!!!!!

Buyers beware!

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Seagate 300GB ST3300601U2-RK

usb cable provides power to your hard drive.

try to use new cable.

hopes it works.

pls. confirm

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Maxtor OneTouch 200 won't power on.

Sounds like one of two possible problems: Either your power supply is defective from the factory and is incapable of supplying enough power to properly operate the drive, Or the drive has a short in it and is drawing excessive power beyond the capabilities of the power supply. The easiest way that i can think of to test which it would be is to acquire another supply that provided the same voltage and current as the one you have, with the same type plug on it, that's wired with the same polarity. Common 'wall warts' that you may have around the house should be capable of fitting this bill, and if not, you can pick one such supply up at a retail store such as radio shack. IF the 'new' supply fails to turn the drive on, Then the drive is defective. If it does turn the drive on, Then the supply is defective.

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