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5-yr old Maxtor 160GB fw/usb down

One of my two identical 5-yr old Maxtor One Touch 160GB is down.
The one unit continues splendidly, but the failed unit is unresponsive.
The green pilot light on the wall-plugged power supply changes from
Lit to flashing when the Maxtor drive is switched on.
The blue pilot light on the front of the case does not light at all.
Exchanging power supplies with the healthy drive yields the same result;
good drive works, bad drive makes power supply flash; so the problem
is not with the power supply.

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  • Jerome Beesley
    Jerome Beesley Feb 26, 2008

    I'll try swapping the logic boards - good idea.

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I was wondering if swapping circuit boards actually worked ?

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

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Hi,
drives dead. Head crash problem.
The read head, has clattered the disk(s)
the only other option is to swap the logic boards over ( if they,re identical ) ** circuit boards on the drives**
Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

  • Mike Waldron Feb 27, 2008

    Thankyou for your Rating,

    Any Problems or further Help. just Re-Post Here.

    Good-Luck Mike @ Compurepair.

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