I think you might be on to something there with the hardware thing. But, it may be more than just the ext. drive/cable. Even the imac is starting to have some issues booting to the live boot drives, sometimes does the same thing, gets to the LM logo and hangs. So, is it ext drive/cable, the usb stick live boot drive, the iMac, the iMac usb connectors? So, I'll be looking in to that also.fabien85 wrote: ↑Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:21 amHum, looks to me like a hardware problem, either with the hard drive or the cable.
Report what you get from the logs :if there is any input/output error then that's it.
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You could perform a SMART self-test of the hard drive with gnome-disks (Menu > Preferences > Disks). Though I have had the case of a drive failing where Disks did not report anything wrong.
Anyway, I've checked the ext drive w/CrystalDiskinfo on a HP/win10 laptop and with Disks on an HP/LM Cinn. laptop and both say the drive is ok, for what ever thats worth, but Disks SMART reported the age of this drive as 14.5+ years! So, I will not be using this drive for anything other than data storage of stuff I'm not really too concerned about!
So as of now my plan is to reinstall to a newer ext. drive and see what that does! I'll keep your diagnostic suggestions for that drive!