If you’re having issues with your computer lagging, freezing or just plain being sluggish it may be a hardware issue. For instance when your hard drive starts to go, you may notice apps that used to just take a second to load now take half a minute, or you may see boot up times start taking multiple minutes.

For most issues like this, the most common culprit is software. However when you’ve ruled out software as being the culprit, the next place you want to check is the hardware.

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