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Maxtor 3200 power supply problem

I loaded my Maxtor 3200 with data. My daughter then plugged in the wrong power supply. Now, the green light flickers rapidly and the drive is not recognised. Is there any way to a) recover the data; b) get it up and running again?

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  • CJS1 Nov 14, 2007

    I have the same problem: I plugged a Dell power cord into the unit instead of the Maxtor power supply and now get a quick-flashing green light. The drive is not recognized by the computer. My question is what are the steps to remove the HD and move it to another external sleeve, as mentioned earlier? I am no computer guru, so any help would be appreciated...

  • Antn_e Nov 29, 2007

    Further to previous proble - thanks for the help and advice - where do I get a new case (/sleeve) (/enclosure) /external box from? UK based

  • jbassett715 Dec 08, 2007

    I literally just did the same thing, only with my Toshiba laptop power supply instead.

    Desperately need to know how to recover the data on there.

    If anyone can help, I'd be eternally grateful.

  • Vonstrowskyn Dec 13, 2007

    I did the same thing! And the annoying thing is, this is the second time I've done it with this model in 3 years (I know, doesn't speak well for me...). Its frustrating, my laptop and the Maxtor have the exact same looking power chord....but, from the looks of it I have a 9 in 10 chance of getting my data back. I'm really praying I'm one of those 9, I'll tell ya that!

    ps thanks for the tips

  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2008

    If i buy a new 12V/2A AC-DC Power Adapter would it work again? Let me know, Thank You, Ritchie!

  • ritchieugaz Dec 16, 2008

    If i buy a new 12V/2A AC-DC Power Adapter, would it work back again?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    This thing is a piece of junk.  So many people are having the same problem. An associate at work plugged the wrong power cord into this drive and sure enough no more hard drive.  Junk I tell ya.

  • Antn_e Jan 02, 2009

    I have finally got around to getting the hard disk out of the casing. My casing (although it looks like the one pictured) has a different system for clipping it together. 4 elaborate metal hooks are just inside the casing 2 at the bottom and 2 at the top. There must be some clever way to detach these hooks so that the casing can be taken apart and reassembled again - I used brute force and a dremmel! (It is unlikely to go back together again without the use of duct tape!) I have not got around to testing the drive itself. I'll let you know when I do...

    Still no one has provided me with an answer as to where to get a new casing... Antn_e

  • spiroh Jan 09, 2009

    my hard disk comes on for 5 seconds and switches of. I was formatting it and left it on during the night.

  • Habanerto Jan 12, 2009

    I did the same thing on Sunday and plugged in the power supply for the Toshiba laptop by mistake. I am looking to order a new case for it but wonder, does anyone know if this is a SATA, IDE, or EIDE drive? Is the internal unit a 2.5" drive? Just wondering as Amazon has all 3 types available but want to make sure I order the right one.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I spent the aferrnnon trying to open my maxtor seems they want to insult you along with all the injuries you get with opening this internal power supply.

    Thank God I had a friend that gave me a hand with it. I was able to recover all the data and went out and bought a new Seagate 1.5 TB Good bye to Maxtor.

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    After being into computers since 1980, I just can't believe that Ive done the same thing. Damn Laptop power lead is same size as Maxtor 3200. Im absolutely gutted that Ive done something so stupid. Im going to give this a try when I get back home from France. Perhaps Maxtor want to think about a unique size of power plug. Its so damn easy to make this mistake. So keeping my fingers crossed. Good helpful site for the info, and Im glad that Im not the only muppet who's done this. !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    One of the previous posters doesn't realize that Seagate IS Maxtor....



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I plugged a HP laptop charger into the drive and all it did was flash, bought a new housing and no luck. Data recovery sites said that it sounded like hardware trouble and the recovery minimum is $800. I did some more searching and found a site called PCB Solutions that sells the circuit board. You have to provide all of the specs. for the drive. The cost was $39 and I received it in 4 days. I replaced the board and the drive worked and I recovered all of my data. The URL is:

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Maxtor 3200 power supply problem - 222d789.jpg
Me too. My Maxtor 3200 500 Gb fried from connecting a similar looking AC adapter (a common IBM 12V 4A output AC power supply.) They have the same plug as the proper Maxtor 12V 2A AC supply. I'm pretty sure the higher amperage fried the enclosure circuit which resulted in a flashing or no green light - (when it works the light is steady.)

So why open the case? because the green light flickers or does not glow, meaning the drive is not powered so it will not be recognized. WebTeligent said the 90% of the time when this happens it is just the enclosure power supply that failed, and that the fix is to remove the raw drive from the case and put into another enclosure (or connect to an internal IDE/ATA power and connector ribbon)

To open the case, remove the two visible phillips screws on the connector end of the case, (there are no hidden screws under the labels and the little squareish slot is nothing i can figure other than another vent -- then, press down on one side of the top vents and pull apart along the case halves, it disengages three crappy little small plastic latches, there are the same latches on both case sides -- start on either side, it was not easy. i was only able to open one side enough to forcibly pry open the case with my hands (nothing broke in so doing).

...but the bad news is when i put the raw drive in a good enclosure, it still only flickered and did not spin, so i think 500 Gb drive is toast too...well, at least i figured how to open the damn case...

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Buy an "Inland PRO IDE/SATA/USB Hardrive Adaptor" connector at Microscenter. Attach the drive outside the computer or alongside the laptop and use the drive out of the casing as normal.

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Ive done the same and Im not happy about this. Why the **** are the connections the same ? I have no confidence in computers and dont have a clue what im doing to recover the files on the hard drive inc sentimental pictures.
Looks like I well buggered. Thanks a lot Maxtor. Next time dont design your inpuits/outputs the same as others

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Well, depending on the model the hard drive might be ok. I did the same thing and blew the circuit board that handles the extrernal translations to USB. So, I took the HD out and moved it to another external sleeve ($20) and I got all my data back. The drives Circuits fry also. Out of 10 externals, only 1 did this. 90% of the time it was related to the external bay and not the drive itself.

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what was the voltage difference between the supplied adaptor and the one you plugged in by mistake ?


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ooooh, that sucks.

I assume you have tried unplugging it and plugging it back in?
Have you tried to see if it will work on a different computer?

I hop you had it all backed up.
If nobody else's suggestion beat mine...then I give you 2 options.
You have to take it apart (might have to break the shell, since most aren't designed to be user friendly), once you have the actual hard drive out of its housing, open up the side of your computer, and hook it up.
it will have to diferent connection points. One will be power (thats the plug that has (i believe) 4 pins in it...hook that up so your drive has power...the other plug is for data (read/write), its either a sata or ide (depending on how they (maxtor) made it). I assume you dont know what sata or ide is...just google pics it...once you see a'll know.

anywho, once its hooked up...start you computer back up (FYI, when you do this 'operation', shutdown your pc...and then unplug it)
once you have it all done and loaded back into windows, it should automatically detect it (give it a few minutes).

that scenerio I just laid out for you, is assuming its anything but a hard drive issue.

if it is indeed a hard drive issue....then apart from sending to to some VEEEERY expensive palce that could extract the data for you. theres only one more option. Put the hard drive in the freezer for several hours, then take it back out and hook it up to you computer, if it detects it...move fast, and start transfering all your files off it...cause now its living on borrowed time.

the reason this works **sometimes**, is because of the hard drives heat, its its platter actually expands over time a (very very very tiny bit), enough to mess it up, and when its chillin in your frezzer, the platters contract a little bit...making you able to get your data back...hopefully.

hope all goes well.

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If this is a new drive you will have to fdisk it and format it. It should have came with a cd driver disk to run before you plug it in. It will help you set everything up.

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