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Your HDD (hard disk drive) your describing sounds like it is begining to fail.
Some HDD's dont fail at once....they slowly begin to fail....showing symptoms of irregularity and slowness initially....and thats the begining of the END.
You need to QUICKLY retrieve any data you can, on that drive, and replace it ASAP, BEFORE it becomes a paperweight.
Some drives will become LOUD, and click....or GRIND.....some will spew smoke.....some will WHINE.....and some just STOP all of a sudden.
These are all warning signs of the impending DOOM which is your data becoming forever TRAPPED.
Best thing to do here is to COPY the data to your PC drive.....your C: drive (on a sepertae HDD obviously)
Then replace the HDD, and copy back the data.
DO NOT use a cloning software for this.....as a failing drive can cause serious issues with the clone process.
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