I have an external 500 GB HDD that's about five years old. I just turned it on and it made a bunch of clicking noises and failed to spin up immediately, though it did so after a few seconds.
To be safe, I figured I'd run Verify Disk in Disk Utility to see if anything was wrong with it. It reported the following:
Missing thread record (id = 14183615) The volume OWC On The Go was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.
It's now running the repair process, which it says will take about 1.5 hours.
Is this a serious error and/or should I do anything else? The fact that it seemed to have trouble spinning up is a little concerning...
UPDATE: The repair process stopped and now it says:
Error: Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files.
Sounds serious. Is the drive failing?