failing hard drive
Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:13 AM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:54 AM
After buying the new one, I'd take the 160GB one out, and put the new one in as the secondary hard drive. I would then download PC Inspector Clone Maxx and use it to make a floppy disk that can clone the hard drive.
I would then restart the computer, with the floppy in the drive, and clone the failing hard drive onto the new one. Then I'd wipe it with a data wiper, take it out the computer, and have a little fun destroying it. I'd then take the new hard drive, put it as primary instead, and then put the 160GB back in as secondary.
BTW, before we do any of that, how do you know it is failing?
Edited by computerwiz12890, 15 February 2006 - 08:56 AM.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:03 AM
does the new have to be the same size [20g], why the switching of the two?
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:13 AM
Since the Hard Drive with your operating system is failing, we would have to reinstall the operating system onto the new hard drive when you buy it. By using the cloning program, it will not only copy your operating system to the new one, but also all your settings, documents, programs, etc. So all your stuff would be transferred, as if nothing happened. That is assuming the hard drive isn't too far gone...
I was reading your past post and you said you have all your data onto 3 DVDs. Is it simply your data, or are they special recovery DVDs with your data too? If so, we can just use these instead of the cloning program.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:20 AM
what do i do with this also what do if it crashes before i get the new drive? just load the first disk into the the new drive on start up? thanks for your help
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:22 AM
Let me know if it asks you that.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:32 AM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:44 AM
When you get the new hard drive, take the bad one out and put the new one in as primary. Then use the DVDs to restore. If you need help with restoring, let me know.
Edited by computerwiz12890, 15 February 2006 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:53 AM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:50 AM
I will be glad to help you through the recovery, but it should have onscreen prompts that are easy to follow. If you have any trouble though, I'm here for ya.
As for hard drive recommendations, I can't say I have enough experience to give you the best recommendation, but I can tell you what I've noticed so far. Personally, I have a Western Digital Hard drive. It is 3 years old, and yet it is still in near perfect condition. Plus I've heard good things about them.
For an external hard drive, I use Seagate, and it seems pretty good. I'm not too familiar with them, but they seem to make great products.
Seagate Hard Drive
And then there's Maxtor, which seems to be the cheapest for the same goods. I'm not at my house right now, but I believe I have Maxtor as my second hard drive. I don't know much about them though...
Maxtor Hard Drive
Edited by computerwiz12890, 15 February 2006 - 10:51 AM.
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