So, I've got an Asus G60jx that I need to replace the hard drive on. I'm getting weird freezes that I think may be caused by the old one going bad, and I'm due for an upgrade anyways. Also, there are some other things I'd like to do if I'm getting a new HD, such that I think it would be best to just start over with a clean HD.
So, I'd like help with the following tasks:
Extracting all important data and backing it up externally.
I'm not sure whether it would be better to purchase a high-capacity flash drive or external HDD, or to burn it all to a disk. I'm not going to copy over programs, just data.
Finding an appropriate replacement hard drive. I've wanted a Solid-State Drive for a while now, so I'd like to get one if at all possible. I'm willing to drop up to $200 on this, but only if I have to. I'd rather go for less space, but not sacrifice lifespan.
I found a good deal for a new ST480HM000, and so ordered that.
Getting core BIOS installed. My only requirement here is that I install everything personally, so that I can understand what's on my machine thoroughly.
Setting up a Dual-Boot system.
I've been meaning to set up a Windows/Linux dual-boot. If I'm ever going to do it, now is the time. Besides for the basics of dual-booting, the biggest question I have is which versions to use. I'm thinking of Windows 7 because I'm used to it, and Debian for maximum control. (I'll need some help setting up the latter as well.)
Please reply quickly, as my laptop is currently ailing and I'm concerned about data corruption.
Edited by Tatticky, 22 June 2014 - 06:17 PM.