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Sudden/Random HDD Failure

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Sigrig - read along for details.

Recently have been having issues with a lot of my games not coming up. SCII, WarThunder, EVE, GTAV, FO4, MechWarrior Online, you name it - all stored on my "storage' drive; a 1 TB WD Blue, with my OS residing on a 128GB Kingston SSD. Lately, double-clicking on the game's icons has been giving me an error similar to "the shortcut points to a network or storage device that is not currently enabled".

Sure enough, I bring up my Computer menu and I only see my (C:) drive, the one that runs my OS. My 1TB drive containing all of my games and music no longer comes up under windows explorer or Disk Management. The most confusing part is this started to happen only partially - certain game textures wouldn't load or some games would work while others wouldn't, before it progressed to a point where the drive stopped showing up completely.

So what do y'all think - some form of malware, or do I have a drive on my hands that's suffering a slow and horrible death? I've double and triple-checked all of my connections inside the case and everything checks out just fine.
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AMD FX-8350 @ 4.4Ghz ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Sapphire Nitro Radeon R7 370 Crucial Ballistix 8GB @ 1600 
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Kingston HyperX SSD 128GB WD Blue 1TB HDD LG Corsair H80i - Push/Pull 
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Windows 10 750Watt Corsair NZXT Phantom 
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what does SMART data reveal for that drive?
I would just replace it if you are seeing those types of issues.
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