So the other day I went to restart my computer and I got the message
"Windows cannot start (or something to that effect) <windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt"
I then just tried to restart the computer thinking it was a freak thing....and it booted fine.
Today I came in my room to see that my computer had shut down and restarted to what I think was the windows update. But there again was the screen yelling at me saying that my hal.dll was missing or corrupt. I then restarted the computer and went into the BIOS menu and found something unusual. In the drive menu (the one that lists Primary Master/Slave and Secondary Master/Slave drives), only my two secondary drives were showing up. This was unusual because I have a third drive in the Primary Master that wasn't appearing. I went into the options for that slot, looked, then exited and whalla. The drive the appeared. I exited BIOS and windows started fine.
This is kinda scaring me that my HDD is failing, as it's not more than 3 months old. Anyone have a clue?
(P.S. I ran several online virus/malware checks and deleted anything that came up. So....i don't know what else to do.)
(P.P.S Does anyone know of any good backup freeware?)