|My computer is having some major issues I suspect are caused by some sort of hardware problem. |
Some quick background: I switched my computer case about fourth months ago. A couple months later my computer was having problems booting (it would take forever to start up or not at all) and I was getting event error IDs 11 and 51. Sometimes a blue screen would tell me there was a hardware problem or the black screen with white text would say "disk read error." I pressed on the connections inside the case and that fixed it.
Now, about a month or two later, I'm having problems again and getting some of the same error messages. However, a new message has told me that windows\system32\config\system was corrupt or missing. Event IDs are 57, 51 and 11. Sometimes I can boot it up, sometimes only for a little while before it crashes, other times not at all. My video card also seems hot when I touch it, more than just warm, although I dunno if that means anything.
My first thought is my hard drive is failing. I estimate it's between 3 and 6 years old, but I don't remember. It's Seagate. But I wonder how I can pin this down and make sure it's not something else? I also wonder if it could be my hard drive enclosure and not the drive itself?
What sort of tests and checks can I do before I go through getting a new HDD? (All my stuff has been backed up on an external HDD!) Thanks for any help.