My laptop has been dying a slow death for a few weeks now. First, it was small issues like programs that suddenly stopped working correctly. Then, larger issues such as a Windows failure over the weekend that caused the computer to go into recovery mode for several hours. Last night, it failed to boot at all. Today, I took it to a repair shop and was told that it needs a new hard drive.
So I am now without my laptop for a few days while it gets fixed. (I am currently blogging from work.) I was able to backup most my files (stories, music, photos) onto my flash drive, so nothing important will be lost. In the end, this will be nothing more than a mildly expensive annoyance. It could have been much worse.