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Power overload?? I lost the OEM power pack for my 250gig MyBook . . . . . i've tried a few that I had laying around the house..... either my XP laptop is not recognizing the drive or I perhaps burned-out the drive because I see that one of the power packs I used had a 15vdc/1.4amp output rating (the plug fit fine..... I used only packs that the plug fit correctly.....). The green circle on the main button does light up but I don't really hear anything spinning inside....... is it toast??

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  • Cazzzmo Apr 24, 2008

    please explain .......... there's a case power supply??

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Its pos its just the case power supply new case might work

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