I was browsing the internet normally and doing nothing out of the ordinary when I attempted to access my G: drive which embodies the entirety of my Seagate SATAII 320gb HDD. Upon attempting to access it, my computer suddenly reacted very sluggishly and intermittently paused for 3 minutes between 5-6 seconds of activity at which point I could briefly use my mouse. Thinking it was a temporary glitch, I restarted my computer and awaited for it to reboot. However, upon loading Windows XP, my computer continued to have intermittent pauses of 3 minutes between 5-6 seconds of activity. I left my computer alone for about 1-2 hours and just came back. The computer is functioning fine but whenever I attempt to access my G: drive it reports that it is corrupted and unreadable. All files originating from G: drive are malfunctioning and even my custom Windows theme has been deactivated; it was similarly located in G: drive. Can someone tell me what my options are at this point? I had 310gb worth of data on the hard drive and I really don't want to send it out for a new one I just bought this Seagate HDD 3-4 months ago (in May) and I can't believe it has broken so quickly. My old IBM Deskstar is still up and running 5 years after I purchased it. edit: My computer is acting rather sluggish right now even though it's not outright pausing. Also, when I restarted a 2nd time, it paused at the Windows loading screen multiple times.