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Maxtor one touch 3 external drive

The on / off toggle power switch in back appears to have failed somehow. I turn it on I get nothing, if u switch it back and forth I see the blue power light in front flash briefly, thats all. So, right now its a 500 GB brick. Any ideas out there?? Could it be the power supply ? or just the switch..any ideas how to fix, or do I get another so I have a set of bookends???

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Re: Maxtor one touch 3 external drive

You can take out the drive and put it into a replacement USB enclosure. You can find these at most stores that sell computers. You will also need to pick up a special screw driver from a hardware store to get into the maxtor drive. (Take the drive in with you to make sure they get you the right size)

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