So these past few days I've been playing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on my PC for many hours a day until one day it suddenly froze (after about 20 hours of playing it). I restarted my PC and played the game again before it froze shortly after. So I just restarted my PC and used it normally without playing Oblivion and it seemed fine really.
Now today when I was using my PC and streaming a movie on the net, the movie suddenly stops and there's a loud grinding noise. I don't know if this came from the speaker or from the PC itself but it freaked me out and I restarted my PC as fast as possible.
Ever since that grinding incident happened, I've noticed my PC is behaving a bit different. Whenever I run a lot of tasks (listening to music, while using Word and browsing the internet) one or more of these tasks suddenly stop responding and I can't do much other than move the cursor around and attempt to close the windows, but it's sorta frozen and takes more than 15 seconds to register that I want this window closed. I end up restarting my PC to fix that problem. I've also noticed that whenever I'm watching something on the internet it stops and Firefox turns to not responding.
Now I'm worried, I've looked up answers and many say that my hard drive is failing (since grinding only occurs in the hard drive). But I was wondering, since I have an integrated graphics card and was playing Oblivion (on very low settings) on it, has this affected my integrated graphics card and CPU in any way because of the increased usage? Can integrated graphics cards like external ones, burn out as well?
I'm using it right now to type this post, the grinding hasn't happened again but I just had to close a TV stream because of it suddenly "not responding". Maybe if the grinding happens again, I'll switch off my speaker and see which part of my PC it originates from. I'd hate to have the problem be with the processor since the motherboard and processor are not very old (maybe 2 years now), but the HDD is quite old (perhaps 5+ years) and my computer did get struck by an electric surge once caused by lightning that led to sparks flying out of the PSU, but the technician replaced or fixed it and this lightning incident happened more than half an year ago.
Here are my details
Intel DG41RQ Motherboard
Pentium Duo Core E5400
Windows 7 (Installed not more than a month ago, was using Windows XP all this while)
2 GB RAM
Integrated Graphics and Audio
Is there some sort of test I can perhaps run to see if my processor or motherboard isn't affected and it's only my HDD?
Thanks you guys.
Edit: Just moments after I made this post, I was browsing Facebook and Firefox stopped responding again and took quite some time to display the Close Program option.
I also did notice one more thing, whenever I open my computer, it takes maybe 10 seconds to display the items. I clicked on program files and it took around 15 seconds to display all the folders (I don't even have many, I've used only 30 GB of my hard drive.
Furthermore, when I was transferring files from my HDD to my external HDD it took way longer than usual. Its usually quite fast, but it took more than 20 seconds just for the progress bar to start moving!
Hope this helps too.
Edited by lurker97kr, 27 June 2013 - 01:11 PM.