|It may be easier/simpler to replace the usb housing, the current case in which the drive is enclosed? |
I had a Segate similar to the Maxtor, and that lost the controller card... Long story short... Transferred the drive to another externally powered case (one with a decent cooling fan too) and it works fine. It still is i/d'd (the volume name) as whatever it was in its Seagate housing, but otherwise perfectly accessible etc. I use it with bot my Mac and windows kit.
You could even transfer it to case with lan port too. The price difference isn't that great, and it would thus give you the choice of usb or ethernet?