I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1. I few months ago I purchased a new 500 GB WD My Passport External HDD and had no problems with transfer speed or accessing files when I first plugged it in. I created a desktop shortcut to the drive and moved 50 or so GB's of files onto it. The transfer time was spot on with my other WD external and I was able to play the music and video files I moved there with no problem. After coming home from work the next day I booted up the computer and the shortcut had a question mark icon. When I browsed to the drive in Explorer I could access the drive, but only folders were stored on it with none of the mp3s other files appearing. I unplugged and plugged in the external, Windows detected it and all of the files were once again visible and playable. I moved all the files back onto my internal drive and ran Crystal Disk Info which displayed the following:
Has anyone else had to unplug and plug in their external like this? Is it a feature, bug, or a soon to fail drive?