I came to work on Friday eager to further develop SPAW v.2 but found my PC “hanging”. In a couple of seconds it started working but veeerrryyy slowly. I started full scale investigation of the reasons of such cruel behavior just to find that my hard drive is dying. There were a couple of bad blocks and the number was growing. So I forgot about new work and started saving old (actually everything really important was secure in different locations but I still had to save some semi-important stuff).
I also found out that warranty for the HDD expired a couple of months ago but found a spare (though smaller) drive in our old unused server. When I was formatting that drive it appeared that it has some bad blocks too. But these seemed to be steady so I proceeded. When Windows was installed it refused to activate via Internet saying that my key was already used too many times and I should proceed over the phone. I had to dictate something like 20-30 digits to the Microsoft lady and she had approximately the same amount for me.
Btw, situation with my old drive stabilized. So, now I have 2 wounded drives in my computer and am actually sitting on a time bomb.
At least there was this message in system event log that gives a little hope