|It has failed - faults can be intermittent. The solution is to replace it so there's no point clutching at straws. If you can retrieve the data by cooling it down (or any other means) then fine. |
The trick is to always assume that a hard disk can fail, same as anything else, and back up before it shows signs. It's odd that if it happened before but the warnings were not heeded. Mostly you are not lucky enough to get that warning.
A bad hard disk can cause slowness (as can many other things) but if this is an external then it should only affect data transfers to and from it.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
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