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Used wrong power supply .

I pluged in my laptop power supply which is 18volts instead of the maxtor power supply 12 volts. , can thhe unit be fixed by a competent tecki i know

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    I had the same problem with my maxtor 750GB barracuda HDD. I were able to replace the burned out component on the HDD`s circuitboard.It took a long time of browsing on the web, and reseach, but the component was clearly burned, and took 2 min to replace.




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If you have used the wrong power supply, the cicuis might be shorted.

If is posible they will solder the bolder & make it work.

I dont recommend it as it will give problems again.


Its just the time to get rid of that.

Be careful in th future.

Good Luck.

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Posted on May 10, 2008


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