Hello to everyone on MDL. I am a novice at computers. I have a Dell 1545 Inspiron laptop, 4GB memory, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate with MDL Loader. After installing Windows updates on 12/11/12, the computer began having problems starting Windows. The Start Up has gotten progressively worse. Now, on Start up, I'm getting a window that reads "Hard Drive Failing, Back up Computer"! If I get the computer up and working and use the Hibernate or Sleep modes (even for long periods of time), it proforms like new. It's only on Start Up when the problem occurs. Is Windows curupt or can a Hard Drive have a failure only at Start up? Thanks!