Stellar called the demise this morning at 4:25. I was up to let the cats out, I checked the progress, Stellar was reading and the numbers were running, then it stopped and the notice popped up.
This is the second Western Digital drive I've had that went bad. I'm not thrilled about that, but I still have the digital tapes, I didn't erase those. I'll start over someday....
And save to a DVD disk. And a hard drive.
And I have to figure out a way to extend the life of the external drives. I think one problem may be heat. And I know they all start when I boot up, but there are only two I use on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they don't come with on/off switches.
I'll figure something out. Maybe one of those power switch boxes. Where you plug stuff into it and can turn each item on from there. I think I've got an extra somewhere.