I’ve spent so much time trying to sort this myself with no luck, I’m hoping the experts can help me.
I have a WD Passport 1TB filled with family photos and movies. For some reason, a few months ago it stopped working. There is no obvious physical damage or anything, it plugs in just fine, turns on, and says that “Mac can’t repair the files but I can still copy them” (or something of that sort). When I click on the iPhoto libraries on there, it says that the library could not be opened because it is “read only.” However, when I check the info on the folder, I see that I have both read & write permission.
In addition, my video files (outside of iPhoto libraries) are not working, they go from first to last frame in a second or don’t open at all. And most of my standalone (again, outside of iPhoto) .JPEGs have the wrong date on them. But at least I can open these.
The disk is formatted Mac OS Extended (?). Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
I don’t care about the HDD, I just want to recover the files from it. Any suggestions?