sure enough.. swapping out the drive solved the problem.
now I'm helping a friend out with a dell xps b733r and it feels like
his drive is introducing a lot of latency as well.. lots of excessive
clicking instead of quick application launch..
so what's the deal with HD's as they die? I won't necessarily see
"bad sectors"? I ran HD tune, and results are linked to below... I'm
just not to sure quite how to interpret them.. what should I key into
from the results that might indicate that the drive is problematic?