Question External HDD keeps randomly disconnecting ?

Sep 24, 2021
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I've tried various steps online, like turning off USB selective suspend, but nothing seems to help. The hard drive will just seemingly randomly disconnect as a USB device until I unplug it and plug it back in, though the LED on it stays lit but is flashing. All SMART tests show good, though I don't think the command timeout is supposed to be 9,496,317,593,764 as the "real value".

Lately it seems to have started disconnecting more consistently if I'm trying to do a lot of file operations from it at once. MP3s playing from it also will sometimes stop playing for seconds at a time seemingly at random.
 

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