Hey, I'm a new member here and I have a problem I can't quite solve.
I have a Maxtor external hard drive (320Gb, just so you know) and I bought at the end of 2007. It's been fine and served me well until several days ago. I usually plugged the hdd to my laptop and switched it on only when I intend to access the data I've stashed inside it. One day, a friend of mine wanted to borrow the hdd and copy some things from it. I unplugged the thing and when I plugged it again, the hdd couldn't be switched on.
I've since deduced that the problem is with the AC adapter (I hope so, because if it's the external itself, I'll be damned). The light indicator wasn't lit after I switched on the main power source and the adapter made a quiet sort-of hissing noise. It heated up at one corner and when I switched off the power source, it made a sharp 'bzzt' sound. I'm not well versed in how adapters work but I think mine had short-circuited (for who knows what reason).
Here's my question; is there a universal place where can I find AC adapters compatible with my hdd?
I'm currently in Auckland, NZ and I can't seem to find one in this place. I bought the hdd back in Malaysia and it's near impossible for me to go back there. The one that they have here has a different DC output than the one on my hdd's specification.
New Zealand's DC output: 5V/12V-1.5A
My adapter's DC output: 5V/12V-2A
And to throw in another question; what will happen if I go stubborn and use the NZ adapter to replace mine? I heard that it'll burn up but I'm not sure. Can someone explain how the DC output works?
Thanks in advance!