Yes, I think my poor hard drive finally kicked the bucket. I cannot get it to mount to get any more files off of it :( I am sad, but I did get my information from my old Macbook on here today. The only thing that I might be missing is the pictures I have put on the MBP since I got it. Since those are all on SD cards from my current and former phones, I think I have 98% of my stuff back. I even was able to get the pictures off my camera because I don't delete them when I get them off. (Just for that reason!)
I ordered a new hard drive to put in the MBP and it is coming on Friday. I hope to be able to install that, clone the external to it and be able to run my computer from the internal. Then I'll start a weekly backup in Time machine on the external! I am not going through all of this again. It took most of the day to get all my stuff transferred. I got my iPod touch and my iPad mini backed up too. I had backups on the old drive. I was able to rip all the songs from my old classic iPod so I have all my music, too. I'm happy to have everything almost back to normal. I even got 2000 words for NaNo!
I am going to give the internal drive another go after I take it out. I'm not getting rid of it in any case! I might be able to attach it as a 'flash drive' and get my files. That would be awesome! I'm happy with what I was able to accomplish so far. I feel everything is back to normal! One thing though, I was trying to send photos to the MBP via Bluetooth and it wasn't working. I could send files FROM the MBP to the Pixel phone but not the other way! I was able to use my wireless keyboard, my Bluetooth speaker, etc. I found out that I hadn't given permission in the settings. D'oh! They are given and I was back in business! Yay!