There's nothing in what you've said to make me think your hard drive is about to fail. That said however, if you are able to backup your documents etc, then it would be advisable to do so just in case, seeing as we don't yet know what
the problem is!
When you get this problem, are you able to open other applications such as Office programs etc as well as the internet?
Have you tried running an anti-virus scan and an anti-malware scan? If not, can you do so please?
Re. backing up:
This depends on what you want to backup of course, but if it's just the contents of My Documents then just copy and paste them over to the flash stick (assuming it lets you of course). Try opening 'My Documents', then hold down the CTRL key & press 'A'. This will select everything in My Documents. Next click on 'Edit', then 'Copy'. Next open the USB hard drive & click 'Edit', then 'Paste'.
If you are unable to do this, then boot in Safe Mode instead & try it again. To boot into safe mode, go to the Start menu, then click 'Run'. In the run box. type msconfig
and click OK. Once msconfig opens, select the 'BOOT.INI' tab, then tick the '/SAFEBOOT' checkbox. Click Apply & OK, then reboot.
The system will now boot into safe mode. See if you can copy your stuff across to the USB hard drive now.
When you are finished, repeat the instructions to open MSCONFIG and clear the '/SAFEBOOT' checkbox. Click apply & OK then reboot to boot up normally.
Edited by Samm, 28 October 2008 - 08:06 PM.