My PC was having very slow boot ups lately. It seems to take around 5 to 10 minutes for the **bleep** thing to boot up, with lots of blank screens in between. When I managed to get to the welcome screen to log in, it took another 5 to 10 minutes to get to the desktop, plus using programs or just browsing anything on the PC took a few minutes to load.
That was when the problems started, but then why I tried booting the PC up again, it simply wouldn’t load after the BIOS screen. I tried doing a startup repair before then, but it didn’t fix the problem at all. I did some googling and sources claim it could be the power supply or the HDD. I decided to open up my PC and place my hand on top of the HDD to check if it was working, and internals of the HDD didn’t seem to be spinning at all, leading me to believe that the HDD is damaged
I don’t want to just RMA the HDD just yet, because there’s a bunch of files on it that I want to recover. I decided to load Ubuntu Distro from a CD drive to see if the files were damaged. None of my files seem to be destroyed, but since the internals aren’t working properly, I wasn’t be able to grab them and put them on a new drive.
Is there anyway I can fix this thing or at least make it possible to recover my files? I don’t want to end up pay $200-1000 bucks to some Data Recovery center just to get a couple of documents and music files.