I turned on my laptop and it was EXTREMELY slow. It finally booted up and the first thing I did was run MalwareByte's Anti-Malware. My computer froze every now and then and I noticed my cpu kept spiking at 100%, something it never does. I tried to open the task manager to see what all was running because the memory usage was at 70 rather than the normal 30%. When I did I had to wait a few minutes at a black screen until it finally said:
(the below quote is the only case I could find via Google that matched my problems.. at least partially)
Failure to display security and shut down options
The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed. If the operating system does not respond, press ESC or restart the computer by using the power switch.
I hit OK, and the system comes back, but it's clear it still has freezing/performance issues.
Finally (within 20 minutes of logging on) it completely froze (I was able to move the mouse every time until this final time, in which even the mouse froze). I went to take a shower and eat, and by the time I got back, there was a "blue screen" and it was saying something about having to shutdown and there was a number climbing by 5's. It was at 40 and went up to 100, then shut down.
When I rebooted, a S.M.A.R.T. message popped up before it started to boot the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) and said something implying that I should back up and replace my HDD, when I continued the boot process, it said "Operating System Not Found"
Did merely opening the top of the HDD case really do all this?
Is there a way I can fix it without having to format/ re-install Win7?
Is it even possible to be repaired.. or am I gonna have to buy a new HDD before being able to use my laptop again?