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maxtor personal storage 3200 external hard drive

by coola309 / February 16, 2011 2:24 AM PST

hi guys
my external drive has died on me.it is no longer under warranty.so i stripped it down to the unit itself.i purchased a kit to try and rescue my data,so i set it up,but no joy,as the power button/light does not come on when connected to drive.kit is working, as when i take connection out the green light on the power cable lights up.just a guess here but i think it could be power board if so can anyone suggest where to get a new one ?

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What kit?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2011 2:39 AM PST
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kit
by coola309 / February 17, 2011 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: What kit?

thank you for answering my post.the kit i bought was from IOMAX .usb 2.0 to sata/ide adaptor with power adaptor.

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That helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2011 1:28 AM PST
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We can skip the data connection for a test.

Using just the mains adapter and connecting just the power does it work?

If not, there is a fault in the kit or the drive.
Bob

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power
by coola309 / February 18, 2011 12:08 AM PST
In reply to: That helped.

i plugged the power adaptor in ,flicked switch ok. (green light came on).when i connect my hard drive and then switch on (no green light)

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The last test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2011 12:14 AM PST
In reply to: power

Find a desktop PC and with the power off, connect up just the drive to the desktop on the power connection. BEWARE that desktop power supplies are much more powerful and if there is a fault with this HDD the results can be like Enterprise consoles during the 60's when the Klingons attacked.

If the drive is fine it should spin up. If so, we're done and the kit is no good.
Bob

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pc
by coola309 / February 18, 2011 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: The last test.

hi again bob john here done what you suggested no joy ,drive dead as proverbial dodo. thankfully did'nt blow up .

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Thanks for the report.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2011 9:12 AM PST
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Sorry to read it didn't spin.
Bob

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repl
by coola309 / February 18, 2011 11:07 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the report.

bob i take it there is nothing i can do to recover my data off my drive then?
john

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At the top of the forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2011 12:43 AM PST
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We note the do it yourself items which you have done.

I rarely note a last gasp try of swapping the electronics board on drives because not only must the board be from the same drive but most of the time it has to have the same firmware. This reduces the chances to slim or none.

Because of that, the final stop is http://www.drivesavers.com or ontrack.com data recovery services.
Bob

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