THAT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM!!!
Backup your data immediately - DO NOT even turn the computer on until you're ready to backup.
Each use of the computer lessens the time that it has left before it completely fails.
And, if it completely fails, it can cost up to $2000 (US) to recover your data.
Once you've backed it up, then run these free hard drive diagnostics: http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html
If the drive is dying, you'll need to purchase another hard drive (unless this one is under warranty)
If it's under warranty, contact the service center that will service the system and ask them what their procedure is.
Also ask them if they supply the Operating System (or if it's included on the replacement hard drive).
If not, you'll also need a set of recovery disks or a recovery drive - the manufacturer can provide those (contact them through their support channels).
As this is most likely a pirated copy of Windows, it'll be to your advantage to get a legitimate copy from the manufacturer of your system.
In general, you need to copy/save your Users folder in order to backup your data. There'll be a lot of extra stuff in there, but it's the easiest way to backup nearly all of your data.
If there is data stored elsewhere, you'll need to research each of the programs that store data. Mainstream programs (like Office, Quickbooks, etc) all store their files in the User folder - it's only small, non-standard applications that store them elsewhere.
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