Last time I accessed the external drive (with the complete backup contents of the HD running Sierra) I must have shut down without ejecting the disc first.
Now the computer tells me ‘Disk not ejected properly.’ As soon as I click on the disk icon it vanishes. I selected it in the sidebar, where it was greyed out, and ran Disk Utility > First Aid. It completed the process, still greyed out, and told me the disk is unmounted, which I knew.
I’m using the same cable as before so it’s not an insufficient power issue.
How can I fix this? I’ve searched the ‘net in vain for hours. I don’t want to reformat it. I’ve kept it ‘as is’ as some apps don’t run on High Sierra.
Can I safely disconnect it from the computer without doing further damage as there’s no option to select it and choose ‘eject’. ?
Thank you for any help.
EDIT: Found that it was safe to shut down, then disconnect.
Would sincerely appreciate an answer to 1.