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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    I just realized a MAJOR goof on my part in the link I provided. Smartmontools isn't the driver for adding support to some external drives. It's the open source software that the other tools (SMART Utility, etc) are built on. The correct driver for adding support to monitor external drives is OS-X-SAT-SMART-Driver. Sorry about the mixup!
    The DriveDX trial makes it easy to add these drivers, (which apparently are not included by DriveDX because off Mac AppStore rules), so the goof on your part was not all that major ... though i did have to install them twice before they worked properly!

    btw overnight surface scan of whole disk revealed zero errors/bad blocks, so this is probably just some anomaly of this drive or of Paragon.

    I'm leaving all this info for the next poor perplexed soul with the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    Van? *sigh* Fine fine... I'll change my avatar. LOL!
    Sorry about that. Where did that come from? How many times do I have to apologize before that portion of this thread gets erased from memory?
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    OK guys apologies & thanks to all, & apologies to Paragon for questioning NTFS for Mac.

    I have to admit that the end of this story is the last place I thought to look (always the way?) ... In the end by swapping various hard drives in various cases, it turns out that the fault lay NOT with any hard drive.. NOT with software .. NOT with anything I was doing wrong, but simply with the external HD case (bought separately from the HDD).

    Since it's a USB 3.0 case and since it's an oversized hard disk (12.5mm), it's probably not worth the effort of trying to find a replacement case, so I will just have to live with the 'double-mount' technique to get the hard drive to be writable on my Mac, (strangely it's fairly fast once mounted, especially on PCs, where I have USB 3.0).

    Ooops ..... problem understood and worked around, if not solved.

    Thanks to all & I'm posting thing in case someone else encounters the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pincrete View Post
    I have to admit that the end of this story is the last place I thought to look (always the way?) ... In the end by swapping various hard drives in various cases, it turns out that the fault lay NOT with any hard drive.. NOT with software .. NOT with anything I was doing wrong, but simply with the external HD case (bought separately from the HDD).
    Thanks for the update. I don't think it would have ever occurred to me or most of us that the problem could be the case itself, so that will definitely be some good information for us to keep in mind for the future.

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