I've been using my Venus 2.5" Portable hard drive for the past 4-5 years or so. Its always externally attached to my computer whenever i turn it on. However, i just noticed the problem 3-4 days ago that whenever i access some of my folders with numerous files in it seems to be slower than usual and whenever i play music in wmp, it seems to be loading the file, so i decided to back-up everything just in case to another external hard drive through my laptop.
When i connected it to my laptop to initiate the back-up, it then prompted me to format it before i can use it. I then got myself a data recovery software to be able to back the data up without formatting. When i tried to plug the external hard drive back to my pc however, it won't detect it anymore in My Computer.
Is it more likely that i'll have to replace the hard drive after back-up? or perhaps if i format it through my laptop after backing up would it still be usable?