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Assuming you still have at least 100 GB free space on the drive:

I'll lay odds - it's the hard drive - I've been seeing this simlilar type of thing a lot lately instead of the old clicking we've all been use to hearing with dying drives. Even had one of my 1.5 TB WD Green drives during the first month with the same symptoms on my Win 7 rig.

Mine seemed to install the OS just fine and run for maybe a couple of minutes after boot. Then it'd just sit there thinking after clicking on anything for minutes at a time, like 3-10 minutes and longer. Then it started giving me software errors, first affecting UAC, and then after a couple of re-boots not allowing me to log in to my user account. A boot into Safe Mode would allow me to try the repairs I needed and it would seem to run ok for a little longer, but finally it started exhibiting the same stuff. Mine also seemed to partition, format and install the OS just fine in the normal amount of time. It was really strange. All software errors that I was getting, but 3 days and a couple of fresh partitioning/formats/clean installs later... finally stuck another drive in it and all was well.

Have you got a bootable backup. What happens when you boot to that? If not, I'd make one.

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