I’ve been using my 500 gig WD Passport for more than a year to back up my MacBook and also to store additional data that doesn’t fit on that machine. It always worked fine until two days ago. I had transfered maybe 10 gigs of new data from old CD-Rs to the drive earlier this week, but there was still about 100 gigs of free space on the drive.
When I connected the drive to the MacBook two days ago, I entered the password like I normally do, but for some reason it wouldn’t take it. I kept trying to do this until it locked me out and gave me the “too many password attempts” message. I assumed I could just disconnect the drive and try again later.
Well, it’s been a good 48 hours now, and every time I’ve connected the drive to the MacBook, the drive mounts, but under the generic name “My Passport,” not under the name I had given the drive. No data shows on the drive–neither the auto backup of the MacBook, nor the additional data I had been storing on there. And when I click “DriveUnlock,” it tells me that the drive is not locked. I verified the drive using Disk Utility, and it told me the disk was fine.
What is going on? Is my data (gulp) gone? What should I do?
Please help. Thank you.