gdjacobs wrote on 2020-05-09, 21:53:
kolderman wrote on 2020-05-09, 03:37:
Do internal HDDs not die also?
Heat is an issue if the external drive is in a case.
That seems to be the problem here. I am on home office since mid March. I had set up my rMBP hooked to my TV, and plugged my 1TB external HDD on my mac to store my work and personal data, backup, etc. I've since then left it plugged in there, and while I wasn't using the mac (rare cases actually) I just put the rMBP to sleep. It didn't help also the fact that I was running all my VMs from there.
The external hdd was quite hot recently these days, and I figured it out last night when it lost responsiveness and speed. It's almost winter here, and this was a quite cold week, so I didn't notice the heat.
I had that problem twice, first it went kaput when I had a non related issue when it was formatted as ext4 so I could use it on both Windows and Mac at work. I formatted as HFS+, and restored all data from my TC backup. Then it went kaput again last night. Now it's formatted as APFS for mac only (I almost never used it at work with a Windows PC anyway) and copied all data on it again from TC.
This time I will not leave it plugged in, just get it whenever I need to store something. The VMs will run from my Mac's 1TB SSD . TBH I don't know why I wasn't using all that space - I was used to store less data on it because my previous mac was a MBAir 11" with 128GB flash. Bad habits, I suppose.
If the external drive fails on me again, and the dollar exchange helps me (US$ 1 = R$ 5,80 brazilian reais, not really helping me) I will just buy a 480GB SSD from SanDisk, to replace it since I am not even using half of it currently.
Another night of good sleep lost.
"Design isn't just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."