My computer recently started to hang during common everyday use and it seems to be getting worse. It doesn't just completely stop functioning though as I can still move my mouse around. Originally, I thought it had something to do with the new power supply I had put in but I think at this point, I can prolly rule that out.
Clicking on the Start Circle on Windows 7 bottom left took half a minute to register and load up the start menu. I did a reboot, and that took exceptionally long. Then when I have to the log in screen where I choose which profile I want to load, clicking on a profile lead to another minute long wait to get to the screen where you enter in your user password.
I mean, I have no clue what the hell is going on here and the best I can come up with is something crazy must be going on with my hard drive. After finally booting up Windows, everything is initially very slow and basic startup things take a looooong time to load up. It seems like once things are up and into RAM, they run fine but I feel like anytime I have to access new memory from the HD, the computer sorta freezes up for a while. Though, it's not a complete freeze since I still have mouse control.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can figure out if this is really an issue with my HD? I'm worried so I've already started backing up important files to an external HD I have.
EDIT. After reading some similar questions, I have installed and run the SeaTools for Windows diagnostic program and while the short generic test passed, it failed on the long generic. I'm currently running the Fix All Long. This also leads me to believe that there may be an HD issue.
I'm open to any and all ideas. If anyone thinks this is something other than the HD acting up, I'm all ears. I may just go ahead and pick up a new HD tomorrow but the idea of reeinstalling everything just hurts my head. Also, my desktop was originally an HP so I don't even think it came with OS cds. So I'm not entirely sure what I should do to reinstall my Windows.