Hi - I’m having major problems with multiple WD Elements 1 and 2TB drives that I use for periodic weekly backups of my MacBook Pro 2015 and associated data.
What I’m finding is that they are all breaking after a short while of very light usage. I get loud clicks, whirrs etc from the drive enclosure, and then the data corrupts, and I have to wipe the drive and start again. Then after a short while the problems resurface.
The issue is, that I have multiple drives doing this - 4 by my most recent count. These drives were also bought over a different time period.
While I know these aren’t premium drives, I would expect them not all to be defective and break under light use. I have hard drives from other brands, of a similar quality/price, and they all work as you’d expect (i.e. I think I can reasonably eliminate power issues etc damaging the drives).
My question is, what do I do about this? I refuse to believe WD has such major QC issues that they are all failing so quickly… But I also struggle to come to any other conclusion. Can anyone suggest further diagnostics I can do?