02-01-2012 04:34 PM
Okay, so here's the story.
I got a 2TB GoFlex Desk drive. I work with video editing and needed a drive that could hold the raw video that was clogging up my hard drive space. I formatted it in NTSC (I have a Mac, so I have to use a third-party program called NTFS-3G that allows my computer to write to it), since the Mac format wouldn't read on Windows and FAT32 doesn't allow for the large video files I need to put on it. For a while, it worked great; I transferred about 400GB onto it with no problem, save for the occasional file that would inexplicably stop the process when I did too much at a time (which was annoying, but I could work with it; I wouldn't be transferring this much at once after this anyway). Then things started getting weird.
When I eject the drive, it stops making noise. Then I pull the USB cable out and it starts again and never stops unless I unplug it from power. It would occasionally stop the transfer (as explained previously), then declare that none of the data could be read or written and it wouldn't eject, so I had to unplug it without ejecting. And now, the folder I was transferring to has been greyed out and doesn't open, though the same amount of data has been taken up on the drive.
The only things I can think of that may have caused that were unplugging it as I did (which only happened because of it screwing up in the first place) or possibly the fact that, for a while, I had to lay it on its side for the cable to reach to my computer without potentially tipping it over (though I searched around on the internet a bit and this seemed to be okay). I imagine I'll just need to re-format it now (thankfully, I haven't yet deleted the stuff I copied over to it), but I'd like to know if there's another way and what I can do to prevent things like this from happening in the future.