My hard drive has been showing signs that it may be on the way out, it has been making intermittent clicking noises and scandisk is reporting bad sectors. I'm told this is a sure sign that the drive is faulty and seeing as hard drives aren't terribly expensive these days I think it would be better to replace it ASAP rather than wait for it to fail completely.
I want to replace it with an identical drive (Seagate 120GB 7200RPM), and would like if possible to copy over the entire contents to my new drive.
The other alternative is to install everything clean into the new drive, which seems to me to be terribly time consuming, but as everything seemed to work well before this problem my preferred option is to just copy everything over.
My question (well two questions really) are:
A: Is it advisable to copy the contents from the faulty drive to the new drive, are there any problems with doing it this way?
B: How do I go about it? The way I envisage doing it is connecting the new drive to the same IDE as the old drive, then booting up and just copying and pasting the entire contents from the old drive to the new drive. After that shut down and remove the old drive, connect the new drive and boot up. Is it as simple as that or am I missing something?
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give me on this matter.