any of this sound familiar;
clicking noises, plugged in but not found, randomly picking files that will have hugely long transfer time, short lived, unreliable, cannot find files that exist, and all the rest of the nonsense i could not think of in this moment,,,, yes I'm talking about portable HDD here!!
I suppose this is partly a rant and partly a desperate question, "why god damn it, why????"
Why do portable HDD have to be ridiculous, and if your portable HDD is not ridiculous, you can bet it is thinking about doing it soon!
And what's worse, i have taken the most hopeless portable HDD doing all of the above mentioned nonsense, taken the drive out of the portable casing, installed it as an internal drive in a computer and suddenly the damn thing worked perfectly!!!!! WWWHHHYYY?
I have bought good quality ones, i have bought cheap ones, i have bought red ones and black ones, i have bought ones on the weekends and i have bought ones while wearing brown pants, neither nor here or there useless shit is their final destination each and every time.
But even as bad as things are in my experience, i have one friend who recently went through 4 portable HDD in one month, each one would stuff up and get returned at the shop,,, eventually they gave up returning them, after all, it was 'Seagate'!!! Even so, i would bet any one of those returned drives, if installed as an internal drive in a computer, they would work perfectly.
There is just something about HDD and a USB, i dunno, they just don't like each other for some reason,, kinda a bad match, like trying to force someone like John Wayne to be friends with someone like Osama Bin Laden!! Sooner or later the underlying dislike is going to start having an effect and no matter how you try and force them to work together, they just don't wanna!