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Hook a spare monitor to the video output usually on the back, if okay! the LCD screen on the monitor has an intermittent issue, if both show the same symptoms, the problem is in the Video Graphics Card, usually built into the motherboard.
Drive monitoring software like yours and the SMART monitoring built into many motherboards keep watch on several hard drive parameters. When something goes out of a preset range you get an error message telling you about it. While this doesn't mean your drive is going to fail soon, it's a good idea to back up important data (pictures, documents, etc.) now before something goes wrong and you can't access it.
Actually, backing up is a good idea in any case, but many people don't. Not a good idea when you may have things like family photos stored that can't be replaced. When a hard drive fails, it's expensive and not always successful to try recovering the data.
If you don't already have a system restore disc, this would be a good time to make one. Some computers come with a utility program that lets you make restore discs. You can also use software like Norton Ghost. Then if your hard drive does eventually fail, you'll be able to restore your system after installing a new drive.
You can also get a new drive now before anything goes wrong on the current one. Use Norton Ghost or similar software to copy the drive image to your new one, replace the old one, and you won't have to deal with the headaches of restoring your system after a drive failure.
Plug the external hard disk into another computer's USB 2.0 port. If the problem follows the device, then there is a failure either of the external hard disk enclosure or of the hard disk (inside the enclosure).
If yours is one that you built yourself, you can remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and plug it directly into a desktop computer (or another external hard disk enclosure) to see if the problem follows. (If you need help w/ this, just let us know.)
If yours is a pre-built external hard disk (you bought it w/ the hard drive already built-in) then you'll (if you're inclined to do so) need to open the enclosure to get at the hard disk inside. This can be difficult. You may, depending upon the enclosure, need to damage the enclosure to get it opened up.
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