Hi, so I have an HP Pavillion Elite HPE that I bought about two years ago new. For the past few months, what I assume is the hard drive has been making a strange, loud whirring noise at odd intervals (not necessarily when I'm opening programs or doing something I assume is processer intensive). I've attached a recording of it so you can get an idea, it sounds like different cycles are phasing and the tone oscillates up and down until it peters out. i've noticed my computer seems noticeably slower these days, with explorer often crashing. the most disconcerting part is that whenever i restart it actually takes about 8-10 minutes to boot back up. It gets past the Windows splash screen and just goes blank there for a long time, then shows the desktop wallpaper and hangs there for forever too. Any ideas?
here's a link to the sound: http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/75350378/file.html
and here's some details regarding my computer's specs
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel® Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 10222 Mb
Graphics Card: LogMeIn Mirror Driver, 8 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1416908 MB, Free - 397613 MB; D: Total - 13787 MB, Free - 1697 MB; N: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 576386 MB;
Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, 2AB6
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
Thanks in advance!