Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB Hard Drive
The green light on the power adapter is strong and constant until it is plugged into the hard drive. When plugged into the hard drive the green light gets dim and starts pulsing. The hard drive will not 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.
Posted on Nov 30, 2007
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