I have 2 external hard drive usb connected that I use to rotate my system backups. This weekend one of the drives is no longer recognized. The drive is a WD My Book 8TB drive and has been working fine for approximately a year. The drive is formatted as NTFS. It doesn’t show up in Files application, however if I plug drive into Windows 10 is seems to be fine.
In the Disks application the drive shows up but shows unknown partition type, unknown contents, and Label is default Partition 1, but in Gparted application the drive appears to be fine in that it shows the File System type NTFS, drive Label, drive size,used space and unused space.
Problem is that I still can use the drive.
Another thing I have noticed for the last few years is that in Files app the option to “Safely Remove Drive” only appears in about half of the kernel releases. It is just my guess that it is the kernel release and not something else. This is something that changed from update to 5.12.11-200.fc33.x86_64 from 5.12.10 which I applied Saturday morning. Without the Safely Remove option Files just unmounts the drive. With USB drives I have found that a lot of the time there is still date in buffers that hasn’t been written. I try to use the sync command a couple of times but am not sure if it has any affect on USB drives.
Any help resolving this would be appreciated…