Portable Hard Drive Troubles

My whirlwind relationship with portable hard drives is filled with drama.

Yesterday the the Seagate portable USB hard drive that serves as my Carbon Copy Cloner backup disk died a tragic death in grand fashion.

The first sign, although not entirely proven to be caused by the drive, was that my computer just flat out rebooted out of nowhere. When I look at the error report it seemed to be something to do with the USB hardware.

I went on working and later downloaded Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic from Steam. It was the first time I used Steam and I had to install their wacky app. I tried to eject the disk image and it wouldn't eject. I tried to reboot and it didn't happen. Disk Utility wouldn't completely start.

I was seriously worried that my computer was dying. I managed a clumsy reboot and it took forever to restart. When it did, I noticed that the drives on the disk failed to mount and could not be manually mounted. Also, there was more mysterious Disk Utility behavior related to the drive.

I unplugged it an restarted and things were back to normal. I am curious how a nearly dead USB drive could cause so much trouble. I always feel these portable USB drives are very short lived.

It will be nice when SSDs are cheaper. I think they will last a lot longer.

After much consideration on the topic of getting a potentially more stable NAS hard drive, I decided the best thing to do was just get another portable. This is just a backup disk after all.

Western Digital 1TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0