Lost another HDD today. Seagate 2.5″ 750GB in an external caddy. Fell about 35cm, while plugged in and that was the end of it. Clicking noise on start and nothing.
Fortunately just about everything was backed up, but just another lesson that they can die anytime I guess. Especially external ones attached to laptops which are certainly more prone to dropping than the rest.
It was an an Orico aluminium caddy. Maybe plastic is better, slightly more absorption? Unlike a laptop, there is no drop protection I guess. Maybe I should add some padding of my own. That or switch completely to SSD’s for my laptop.