Question about Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200 GB Hard Drive
I loaded my Maxtor 3200 with data. My daughter then plugged in the wrong power supply. Now, the green light flickers rapidly and the drive is not recognised. Is there any way to a) recover the data; b) get it up and running again?
I plugged a HP laptop charger into the drive and all it did was flash, bought a new housing and no luck. Data recovery sites said that it sounded like hardware trouble and the recovery minimum is $800. I did some more searching and found a site called PCB Solutions that sells the circuit board. You have to provide all of the specs. for the drive. The cost was $39 and I received it in 4 days. I replaced the board and the drive worked and I recovered all of my data. The URL is:
Posted on May 07, 2010
Me too. My Maxtor 3200 500 Gb fried from connecting a similar looking AC adapter (a common IBM 12V 4A output AC power supply.) They have the same plug as the proper Maxtor 12V 2A AC supply. I'm pretty sure the higher amperage fried the enclosure circuit which resulted in a flashing or no green light - (when it works the light is steady.)
So why open the case? because the green light flickers or does not glow, meaning the drive is not powered so it will not be recognized. WebTeligent said the 90% of the time when this happens it is just the enclosure power supply that failed, and that the fix is to remove the raw drive from the case and put into another enclosure (or connect to an internal IDE/ATA power and connector ribbon)
To open the case, remove the two visible phillips screws on the connector end of the case, (there are no hidden screws under the labels and the little squareish slot is nothing i can figure other than another vent -- then, press down on one side of the top vents and pull apart along the case halves, it disengages three crappy little small plastic latches, there are the same latches on both case sides -- start on either side, it was not easy. i was only able to open one side enough to forcibly pry open the case with my hands (nothing broke in so doing).
...but the bad news is when i put the raw drive in a good enclosure, it still only flickered and did not spin, so i think 500 Gb drive is toast too...well, at least i figured how to open the damn case...
Posted on Nov 27, 2007
Buy an "Inland PRO IDE/SATA/USB Hardrive Adaptor" connector at Microscenter. Attach the drive outside the computer or alongside the laptop and use the drive out of the casing as normal.
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
Ive done the same and Im not happy about this. Why the **** are the connections the same ? I have no confidence in computers and dont have a clue what im doing to recover the files on the hard drive inc sentimental pictures.
Looks like I well buggered. Thanks a lot Maxtor. Next time dont design your inpuits/outputs the same as others
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
Well, depending on the model the hard drive might be ok. I did the same thing and blew the circuit board that handles the extrernal translations to USB. So, I took the HD out and moved it to another external sleeve ($20) and I got all my data back. The drives Circuits fry also. Out of 10 externals, only 1 did this. 90% of the time it was related to the external bay and not the drive itself.
Posted on Nov 09, 2007
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