Started having issues with external WD Passport drive that implied a bad cable. The connection between the drive and my 2017 MacBook Pro is USB C to USB C. After replacing the cable twice it became apparent the issue was not with the cable but rather with the USB C port on the drive. I have been able to keep the drive working by propping up the cable so that the weight of the drive gravimetrically applies pressure to the top of the connection which I assume creates a proper connection (see attached photo).
My question is are USB C ports typically this fragile? I’ve ordered a new drive that will be here Saturday at which point the WD will get cloned and then retired in spite of the fact that the drive is far less than a year old. Thoughts?