How does Ubuntu end processes when it shuts down? Is it possible that shutting down and then unplugging my external hard drive could have broken a path?
I have Ubuntu 16.04 and a WD Elements 10A8 1TB external HDD. The HD worked fine on Ubuntu and Windows but now it does not show up in Nautilus Files and it shows up in Disks as an
Unknown partition and won't let me mount it. In Windows when I try open the HD the message reads
F:\ is not accessible. The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable. This makes me think that perhaps the HD has been bricked by not safely unmounting before removing. Both OS's will let me format the drive but will not let me read it but then I will lose all my data.
The last time I unplugged the drive the computer was switched off (not hibernated) so I don't know what might have caused this. I have noticed that Ubuntu shuts down almost instantly whereas Windows takes much longer and often pauses on
closing 1 application and shutting down so I am not sure if Ubuntu ends all processes properly before shut down. If a process was abruptly ended when it was reading or writing to the drive then it may have corrupted it.