I have a small WD Passport 2 TB HDD on which I’m backing up important and irreplaceable files. It’s not the only backup but as one of three it’s important. It has about 1 TB of data in it.
I closed my laptop overnight. Today I disconnected the HDD with the laptop screen closed. When I opened it I get the message about incorrectly ejecting the drive. I hadn’t thought about the fact that even with the Mac closed, the drive was still mounted.
I know doing so can lead to loss of data and problems with the disc. In fact I just read that for those drives that rely on power from the Mac, ejecting incorrectly can damage the drive itself — this is an HDD, not SDD, so I assume there’s a read/write head.
If the data weren’t so important I wouldn’t sweat it. But as this is an archival backup, I want to be sure the data is good, and the drive too. Should I run disk repair on it? Do I need to reformat it and copy the original data back? Is the drive just iffy from here in lit, so best idea would be to get a replacement?
I’m running Monterey 12.5.1 on a 2015 MacBook Pro, if that makes a difference.