As you all know, i'm kind of computer illiterate.
For the last couple weeks my puter was loading very slowly and after a while a blue screen would pop up and it wanted to check the drives. After checking it it told me many files were not readable and started dumping a bunch of stuff.
This sometimes happened like 3 times a day and I kept having to reboot.
Yesterday after doing this I was unable to log into many websites - it kept saying that i needed cookies enabled but i was allowing cookies. One of the sites I was unable to get into was paypal and Paypal reps spent over an hour with me on the phone trying to help. Nothing worked.
So, I finally decided to reset my computer back to the original manufacturer's settings and did a destructive recovery on my system yesterday.
After doing this I got a pop up message saying that my puter recovered from a serious error and I proceeded for hours last night doing windows updates, and putting back things I lost from the destructive recovery.
Windows redirected me to a site where it said something about seeing if my hard drive was dying but it really didn't tell me how to check my system to see if this is the case.
After doing all this yesterday I'm able to log into all websites now and puter is running faster and the puter isn't crashing like it had been doing in the past.
What do you guys think? Is my puter on it's last leg? How can I find out if my hard drive is ok without taking it into a repair shop?