Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 (M01E100) 100 GB Hard Drive

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I have plugged up my drive and is not turning on at first it would light up with the green light and then it went orange and it has been screwed every sense now i can't get power whats wrong here?

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  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    I have a similar problem with the power supply. I measure the voltage and it should read at least 12v and it is .9v to 1.2v. Your suggestion to install inside the computer seems like a good idea. Could you tell me more?

  • bdstk45 Oct 26, 2008

    I have a similar problem with my Maxtor 200 GB Hard Drive. The power supply has an out put of .9v instead of the 12v that are required. I like your suggestion of installing into the computer. Could you tell me a little more about this installation process? Iss there any thing I should watch out for? I see there is a both a ribbon cable and power cables are these connections already in the computer typically?



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You can find the Power Adapter for Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 from 12V 4A Adapter for Maxtor 3100

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If you are not getting any lights at all now, check the AC adapter.

If you have a voltmeter, see if anything is showing up on the DC (hard drive) side of the cord.

If you dont have a meter, use the tongue trick. Lay the connector on your tongue, perpendicularly and see if you feel any tingling. Make sure your tongue touches the outer and the inner chamber of the barrel connector. If you dont feel anything, the adapter is bad. You should be able to find one on E-Bay. Make sure it is the same type of a supply. If you cant find the exact same adapter, look for one with higher current (AMP) rating than the old one, not lower. Voltage has to be the same, a 0.x variation is not the end of the world.


Alternatively you can just rip the sucker apart and take out the internal drive. Buy a $10 enclosure and use it in there.


If the power supply is ok, and you feel tingling on your tongue, it's the controller board in the drive cage or the drive itself.

Take the drive apart, and try to plug it into your machine internally. If the drive works, then it's the controller in the cage. If the drive does not work, then you are out of options and need a new one. If that is the case, and you need your data, there are companies that can recover for a nominal fee of around $1000 on average.


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