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Gets flashing light on start

Will not communicate w/ laptop. Maybe a power surge caused this. Any reset capablilities?

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  • danw Sep 18, 2007

    Found out the answer on another forum. Went to Altex Electronics (or CompUSA would work) and purchased (about $50) a 5.25 Aluminum External Enclosure ME-340F Series. On the side of the box it is specific for IDE to 1394A (firewire) which is all I need. Did notice on the box they have one for USB 2.0 and 1394. Took the Maxtor case apart, removed the hard drive and connected it inside the new case/power supply. That new power supply did it. It doesn't look as presentable but IT WORKS. Back in business and boy was I sweating that one. Had a lot of back up stored there.

  • danw Oct 06, 2007

    I did not have any flickering going on, the computer just stopped recognizing the drive. It was very easy taking the Maxtor apart and converting it into the new box/power supply. The connections were pretty much bullet proof. Altex offered to do the work for $35 (1/2 hr). I'm sure they could tell you if your power supply is damaged. The only problem I have now is that the new box has no face cover and the hard drive is visible and a little loose inside. I don't really care because it works.



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Danw, i'd like to ask more about this, since I seem to have something similar on my maxtor onetouch 3 - seems to have happened during a storm, so I think a power surge killed the power supply, and I don't think there was any actual disk/plate failure. 1. power on - the light just flickers for a while, then goes out. 2. the light on the power adapter is on, indicating that it works, but when I turn on the drive, the light on the adapter flickers, too. does this sound like the symptoms you were seeing? I don't want to take any chances with the amount of data I have on this 160GB drive... Thanks, Geoff

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  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2007

    by the way, Seagate/Maxtor will replace the drive under warranty, and they want to charge $1400 for data recovery!!!




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No resets anywhere, Try it on a diff computer. Possible harddrive failure. Could be power supply problem.

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