External hard drive worries.

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  1. EGT macrumors 68000

    EGT

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    I was backing up late last night to my Lacie rugged drive using superduper's smart update feature which took a good 15 minutes to transfer 11 gigs of data or thereabouts. I use FW800 and everything seemed to be working as normal.

    As soon as it had finished, I closed supderduper and went online to check the news and weather for today. All of a sudden the external drive started clicking like crazy and I couldn't access it or disconnect. The clicking stopped after a few seconds and I noticed that all the apps. on the drive showed the default OS X app. icon, not their custom ones. They weren't arranged properly either, just scattered randomly across the window.

    I eventually just pulled the FW lead out and reconnected the drive. It mounted as normal and I went back into the apps folder were everything was back to normal? :confused: All my important stuff is there and up to date.

    What the heck is going on? :eek: Should I be worried about this drive?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried verifying it (and possibly repairing it) in Disk Utility? :)
     
  3. EGT thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ah yes, I opened Disk Utility last night when it was going nuts and tried to verify but it said something like ... can't unmount drive? I forget exactly what it said. :eek:

    I will try again when I get home. Thanks MJ.
     
  4. EGT thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The drive passed verification OK and appears to be working no bother. I shall keep an eye on it.

    Damn temperamental hardware. :p
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    How very strange. If it happens again, try getting your hands on another case and see if the drive can mount from there. Hopefully it'll be fine as-is though. :)
     
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Just as an FYI: Disk Utility doesn't support SMART testing over FireWire. Or, for that matter, anything else except for an internal bus.

    Grrrr....
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I reckon SMART testing is a bit overrated anyway. It rarely finds anything wrong with a drive that is in fact failing. That might just be my limited experiences though.
     
  8. EGT thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh it works alright. When my internal drive failed last year, the status only showed "failing" when the drive was on the its last legs. 2 minutes later, it was dead. Very useful that was. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I've had good luck with SMART testing. It warned of two drives that were going to fail. So, like any good geek, I replaced them and then used those drives in some other non-essential role until they did die.

    :D

    SMART testing isn't a replacement for good backups though.
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting stuff. You've given me some new respect for SMART checking an I'll be sure to keep an eye on it. Having said that, I usually inadvertently check it when I'm using Disk Utility as-is. As you say though, I'll never rely on it. :)
     

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