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Hi all, I woke up today and found my laptop to be half functional.

1. I start it up as usual, and it spends a good 2 minutes "preparing desktop". That usually doesn't happen.
2. It finally gets in, but my settings are all reverted to default profile. No wallpaper.
3. My programs are gone. By all, I mean practically everything I installed except for some reason I've still got silent hill homecoming.
4. Click into the shortcut folders like My Pictures, music. Nothing there. However, I look into my the user folder of my C drive and my files are all working.
5. System restore is not working. Catastrophic failure for all points.

I'm currently backing up my drive seeing as how it appears to be "working" and my data is alright. Is this a virus problem or some kind of hard drive failure? Is it worth my time to reinstall my windows?

If it means anything, this kind of thing happened to me like once every 3 months but when it did, it usually fixes by itself after I do a shut down. This time, it didn't work. Also, lately I've had to press the power button like 3-4 times to get it to actually boot up but I don't really remember if it's because I didn't press hard enough or not.
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post #2 of 31
it could be a harddrive failure but save your data reformat and start fresh
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I don't understand why it's not working though, because my files are all fine. They are all in the correct places and everything. I've restarted and fully shut downed several times now.
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post #4 of 31
Backup data, format, reinstall, and see what happens. If it seems to fail soon after fresh install, I would say HDD is going.
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its prob some trojian messing with your frontside.... you been on any naughty sites lately?
post #6 of 31
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Nope... been working hard for exams for the past month..
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Reason why I'm wondering is cuz I was bringing it around with me in a backpack for a couple weeks.. more often than I usually do. Sometimes I get careless and put it kinda hard and a table and it makes rather loud bump. I also actually hit it on the door yesterday on my way inside... while it was hibernating on very low battery....
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i bet it was that freetermpapers.com that got you.
    
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Nah, no assignments; just straight up mad studying for finals
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Quote:
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Reason why I'm wondering is cuz I was bringing it around with me in a backpack for a couple weeks.. more often than I usually do. Sometimes I get careless and put it kinda hard and a table and it makes rather loud bump. I also actually hit it on the door yesterday on my way inside... while it was hibernating on very low battery....
On second thought, I think you bashing it around has something to do with it.

Mechanical drive?
    
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