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Attaching external hard drive


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JonnJonzz

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My Toshiba laptop is giving me a "S.M.A.R.T." warning that its hard drive may be failing. The unit is out of warranty, of course. I purchased a replacement hard drive. My plan is to attach the new drive externally, clone the possibly-failing drive to the new drive, then install the new drive into the laptop.

I have the new drive installed in a NexStar TX external drive housing. However, the instructions are rather sparse, and don't tell me how to attach the drive to the system. The connector is a USB "Y" cable. Do I attach both arms of the Y to USB ports on the laptop, or only one of them?

Thanks.
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Hi JonnJonzz :welcome:

Yes connect the two cables of the "Y" some Hard Drives will work only with one other need the two connected it will no do any harm to connect the 2 ends.

Just for curiosity, what tool you will use to clone the drive?
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I've downloaded several freebies. One site recommended DriveImage XML as a good choice for straightforward drive-cloning.

If you have other suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them.
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I've downloaded several freebies. One site recommended DriveImage XML as a good choice for straightforward drive-cloning.

Careful with the freebies make sure you choose to do a custom install so you have a chance to uncheck the box's to skip installing the junk many times are offered...

Yes DriveImage XML seems to be a good product, I personally never tried.

If you have other suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them.


If your new Hard Drive is from Seagate/Samsung or Western Digital they provide for free a special version of Acronis True Image that is a very good program to do that task.
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