I am having troubles with my Gateway laptop (4 years old) that I believe is due to the HD getting ready to fail. I am no hardware guru and would greatly appreciate some guidance.
Symptoms are as follows:
Slow to boot
Hangs on the welcome screen ("thinker" orb freezes)
Delayed reactions for everything from opening browsers, programs, email, web sites, opening links on sites, etc.
I'd like to perform a HD test but not sure what would be the best way to do so. I was told that all manufacturers of HD's have a test you can run but I have no idea what who the manufacturer is. How do I find this out and which other HD test would be sufficient?
Not sure if the model # of the laptop would make a difference but on the bottom of the case it states ML6714 yet in System Properties is states MT6706.
160 GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive(which is the same for both models as above.
I'm quite sure there are no infections and I do keep her cleaned and maintained daily/weekly with MBAM, SASW, Ccleaner, disk cleanup, Auslogices defrag, Windows Updates, and software updates.
PS: I am in the process of making sure that everything that is important to me is backed up for safe keeping.