Alright, so I'm new to this forum, and I do apologize if this is the incorrect forum, or if this question has been answered many times before, but here goes.
I have a Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 external hd and I've owned it for approximately 4 months. I've never had an issue with it until now. I went on a trip to another state and lugged my hd around with me. (It hold ALL of my music as well as countless other school projects and papers.) Worked fine when I got to my destination and all though the trip. I've been home for about 2 months now, and I've been swamped with work, so I haven't had much time to mess with my hd.
The other day I finally got my hd out and plugged it in. The drive will not spin up, and the green light on the front of the case barely lights up. There is a clicking sound coming from the power supply (not to be confused with the drive itself.) Now I've tried searching for the answer, but all I come up with is failing power supplies for desktops, and the 'click of death' for a hd. Again, this clicking is NOT coming from the HD, but rather, the power supply. Also, the green light flickers each time you hear a click. This clicking sound is fairly steady, not too slow, but not incredibly fast either (approx. 2 clicks per second.)
I'm hoping that this is just a power supply problem, but I have no other power supplies that work with the hd. I have a couple that will plug into the unit but will not power it. Is this common? Also, can I crack open the power supply and fix this problem myself? Is there a possibility that there is drive damage?
Once again, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place, and hopefully someone has an answer for me.