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Robert Withers
Neurotic hard drive--how to handle?
on Feb 24, 2017 at 10:12:28 pm

It's not dead but acting sicko since AME crashed several times targeting Folder "A"
The drive shows up on the desktop and in Finder and in show info.
If I double-click the desktop icon the drive fails with a message about Finder windows failed to open. Yup.
In Finder, if I click directly in the drive it fails the same way.
In Finder, if I click on another hard drive and then on the drive it shows all folders/contents.
But if I click on Folder "A" it fails.
Is this drive just failing or does it have PTSD because of its recent experience with AME?
It's backed up -- I can even try to copy all the other folders besides Folder "A."
It's a 4 GB G-tech drive that's actually newer than all my other external drives.
Running Mac OS 10.8.5 yes I know that's old but I'm editing a legacy film and don't want to update the OS/NLE till it's done.
I would really appreciate any thoughts.
Thanks,
R

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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John Rofrano
Re: Neurotic hard drive--how to handle?
on Feb 25, 2017 at 9:36:14 pm

I would get a new 4GB drive and copy everything off of it that you can while it's still working. Once that's done, you can reformat the drive and see if it was just a corrupt filesystem or if the physical drive was really going bad. Sometimes it can be one or the other or even both but getting your data off of it should be your primary concern.

~jr

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Robert Withers
Re: Neurotic hard drive--how to handle?
on Feb 25, 2017 at 10:22:37 pm

Thanks, John. An Apple rep had the smart idea to plug the 4T drive into another computer--it loaded fine, including the seemingly corrupt folder. I deleted the last used folder and moved it back to my main MBP and it worked fine. Now is always a good time to back up, of course.
Mysteries of the OS.

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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John Rofrano
Re: Neurotic hard drive--how to handle?
on Feb 25, 2017 at 11:04:32 pm

[Robert Withers] "Mysteries of the OS"
More like Ghost in the Machine! 😃

Glad you got it sorted out.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Daniel Fletcher
Re: Neurotic hard drive--how to handle?
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:44:44 pm

I would RMA that drive.
Ive had two G tech USB, 3 and 4 TB drives fail in similar fashion.
It seemed to be a drive firmware issue not hardware.

Just a heads up


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