My hard drive on my laptop has recently started lighting up fairly frequently. The light will come on and not blink at all. Just a steady light. And when it does, my system just comes to a complete standstill. I can't even check the process manager during this time to check if I can see what is causing it. This lasts for usually anywhere from 10-30 seconds. Then everything will go back to normal. But it will usually happen again within 5 minutes. I've tried refragging the drive, both normally and in safe mode. That didn't work. I've run multiple antivirus and antispyware programs. Nothing found. I tried increasing my virtual memory to 4GB minimum, 8GB maximum. Still didn't help. I am running a Dell Inspiron 9300 with Windows XP Pro, 2GB of memory, and a 256MB NVidia card. I don't seem to have any other problems other than this. I've had the laptop for over 2 years, and this is the first problem I've ever had. The hard drive is not making any noise at all. The light just comes on and locks up the system enough to affect productivity. The only software that I recall installing recently was the latest version of DirectX for a video game. I really don't recall if I did it before or after this started happening. I don't think that is it, but it's the only thing I remember installing recently, so thought I would mention it. Any ideas? Is the hard drive dying? Or is there something else I can check? Thanks.