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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. In my case, data loss wasn't an issue as I had two backup copies of the troubled ext drive. In the end I bough another disk to replace it. Sung
  2. Yes, I understand. Luckily I have two backup copies of that particular drive, so no loss of data. But I might try it just to see how it goes. Thanks @wiskerke
  3. It looked like a blank drive. When I plugged the drive again after seeing you post, it didn't even showed up in Disk Utility.
  4. Interesting. I might try that out of curiosity.
  5. Sound like beyond of my scope. Thank you for your suggestion.
  6. Good idea, but this drive doesn't require external power. Sung
  7. I know MDM, not necessarily want to use it, but I was just curious. Edit) the drive itself wasn't used very much as it is one of my archive drives. Only when I refer back to an original for trial of different editing, etc. So I was actually wondering if the drive will just die even with light usage after a certain period time regardless. Luckily I have two backup copies, so no data is lost. 🙂 It was directly connected to Mac. Tried different leads, unplug any other device, etc. Thank you both, MDM & Martyn Sung
  8. One of my external drives (oldish, WD My passport) is not recognised by iMac (High Sierra) any more. A while ago, I used it and it was ok . I ran 'First Aid (Disk Utility)' but no success. Is this external drive completely dead or is this salvageable? Sung
  9. I read it this morning on the internet that, in High Sierra, Apple introduced a new file system called Apple File System (APFS). All my external portable drives (archives & backups) are formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Are they in danger of becoming not readable by this new file system? Sung
  10. Thank you @Colin Woods, @spacecadet for your reply. @Allan Bell & @NYCat. Good idea, I will try with different cables and will see what happens. Thanks. @MDM I got my current G-Tec drive from Jigsaw24 based on your advice and recommendation, eh now nearly 5 years ago. Time does fly, doesn't it? This morning I had a look at that particular drive shortly after I started this thread, just in case it turns out to be G-Tec drive's failure. I have two exact copies of G-Tec Drive on 2 separate portable external drives. Thank you for your reply. Sung
  11. My daily set up is as follows. I am experiencing something which never happened before. iMac (late 2012), 16GB Memory, 2.9 GHZ Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce, 1TB (free space 870GB): this computer only holds apps, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple's own apps, etc) My working drive: 5 year old G-TECH G-DRIVE 2TB Portal Hard Drive USB (all my created docs and 2015~ today images are stored here including Lightroom catalogue) (free space 567GB) Seagate 1TB external hard drive USB for Time Machine backup. I copy my G-Tech drive by using SuperDuper on 2 separate external drives at the end of each day. This morning when I woke up my iMac, I was greeted by the following screenshot. All the above mentioned external hard drive remained attached to iMac overnight. Also the G-Tech drive was making grinding noise for about 20 mins before it settled down. It never happened before. What do you think may cause this problem? Is it likely, my iMac or external drives, that became problematic? Is it likely hardware or software problem? Your advice/experience will be very much appreciated. Sung PS
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