External SSD extremely slow to connect

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External SSD extremely slow to connect

I've been using a Sandisk Extreme SSD for the last year or so for part of my photos.  I have a MB Pro 16 inch.

Since a week or so ago, whenever I connect the SSD, it is extremely slow to show up in the list of connected drives - I mean I have to wait entire minutes for it to show up.  The first time I thought the drive was dead.

Once it does show up, writing to it and processing photos etc are faster than on an HDD (don't know if as fast as they should be, but certainly no unusual behaviour).

This seems to have first happened after I left the drive connected  while the laptop was not plugged in, and the laptop battery was fully drained overnight.

What could this be? Any way to fix it, or should I just get another drive?

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