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MAXTOR Personal Storage 3200 - LED light rapid blinking

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'Would like to ask help in determining the problem of my unit which was previously working but now when I plugged the power, the LED just blinks rapidly and the drive does not show up on my computer.

Please advise what's probable cause of this problem and any possible solution.

Thanks and regards,
robert

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Many experts beleave you got a bad AC adaptor the plugs into the wall. My findings are the following.

If you hear the drive spin up but does not show up on your computer then you got a bad controller board inside the case of that hard drive. The fix take the drive out of the enclosure and put it into another enclosure or simply install it into your computer.

I have videos on a WD mybook witch is not the same model or manufacture but still helps some people figure out what to do. Please be considerate i mean the videos are dark but you can still make out on whats going on.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574054-external_usb_hard_drive_data_recovery

Now you can try a AC adpator for this unit some ac adaptors do fail but in most cases its the little usb to sata connector inside.

good luck with this and please do be considerate and rate.

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