I’ve had a couple external hard drives go south on me recently, and I’m wondering if my MacBook Pro Retina from 2012 has gone rogue.
The first - and my primary - was a WD MyPassport 1TB, from 2013. It was long in the tooth, so I got a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB last Black Friday as a back-up back-up, done monthly (unimportant, easily replaceable files, mainly).
The WD had been acting wonky for a few weeks, with the files ‘disappearing’ until I ejected/mounted (I could still open the files in their apps before this step) One day it stopped showing up entirely. I was able to see the files via Disk Drill, transferred them to the Seagate, tried to format/repair, and prepared last rites for the WD.
The Seagate, which had worked perfectly for a year, suddenly exhibits the same symptoms as the WD - disappearing files, then itself unable to mount. I grab a few files via Disk Drill, jettison the rest, and order a Samsung T5 SSD. I decide to ease into it, formatting it for Mac via the Samsung-provided installation app, and setting up Time Machine. It works fine for a few days, then I notice the hard drive has reverted to its factory name, has the installation apps, and is lacking any Time Machine backups.
(I haven’t experienced any problems with USB sticks, but I don’t use them with any great frequency)
Thoughts? I thought maybe a corrupted file causing [xxx] took care of the first two hard drives, but with the latest problems I’m assuming it’s something with the MacBook itself.