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It sounds like that external drive has problems. Use Disk Utility to check the drive. Mount the drive, open DU, click on the First Aid tab and do a verify and repair. If the drive shows a lot of errors, don't use it any more as it's probably getting ready to die.

Just a suggestion: If you need to archive programs or files, a better way would be to burn them to DVD media. Hard drives fail, even good ones. CD and DVD media are not 100% fool proof either, but they'll outlast a hard drive. I have old files archived on CDs and DVDs from 10 years ago and I can still open them or copy them. I'm a pack rat.

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