Last night my computer crashed while performing mundane tasks, when I tried to reboot it took several minutes to just get passed the windows loading screen, trying to log in took an infinite amount of time. Previously it took maybe 20 some seconds to be logged in with all my programs running.
I have an Intel i-5 Ivy Bridge, and 8gb ram. Could the slow file access time be do to a failing hard drive? I have no idea what to do.