Hi everyone I'm really hoping someone will be able to help me. I had my above SSD installed on my previous MacBook Pro (early 2011, i7 quad core, running El Cap) as the internal boot drive. This computers graphics card failed, which inturn caused the main board to fail. Due to the age of the machine it was advised not to attempt a repair. I've recently purchased a new MacBook Pro (Mid 2015, i7 quad core, pre installed with High Sierra). I removed the SSD from my previous Macbook Pro and trasfered it into an external casing, using USB 3 Everything was perfect and worked 100% on my new laptop. I was able to get all my work files off the drive, it was mounting perfectly etc etc. I think the trouble started when I noticed the "hidden files" on the drive were taking up a lot of space, so I removed some of them. I did this, since ultimately I was going to reformat the drive and it was not going to be used as a bootable drive but just as a storage drive, so all i needed on the drive were my work files, which I retrieved. The drive stopped working. It wouldnt mount etc. I also noticed that if I rebooted my machine with the external drive plugged in, it would take an exceptionally long time to boot (5-7mins). I've tried the following through disk utility: first aid, erasing, and retoring onto the drive, all of which just cause the process to hang / get stuck (for hours). I tried all if this through recovery mode too, same thing. Here are screen grabs I've taken during the process (sorry, one is slightly blurry). When I'm in Disk Utility, evetually the disk loads into the left column (takes ages) as you can see. I just cannot follow through any of the processes. I've also tried using DriveDX, but since S.M.A.R.T status no longer seems to be supported on this drive, I'm not able to get a report (the app asked me to install a driver, which I did, but it still didnt work). The SSD is about 2 years old, never been dropped etc, and was working perfectly, with no errors, crashes during copying etc etc I've also removed the SSD from the new external casing and inserted it into another external casing, just to check if it was the cable / plug, same problem.. I really don't want to have to buy a new drive, so I'm hopping someone knows how to help me?
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