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Hdd Is Dying


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#1 rico_suave

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:39 AM

My hard disk is dying. It's making all sorts of clicking noises and is taking forever to load windows. The hard drive is about 7 years old and has served me well.

I have a new HDD that I can install, but I need to get some data off of the old one. I know there are devices on the market that I could connect the old HDD to and use it externally. For the life of me, I can't recall what the device is called. For some reason sling box comes to mind, but I'm not sure if I'm thinking of something else.

Any thoughts on what to search for?

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:49 AM

They're called Drive Enclosures or Caddy's - and are available for 2.5" or 3.5" wide drives and come in IDE and SATA versions. Most are USB, but some are available in FireWire. http://www.google.com/search?q=drive+enclo...lient=firefox-a

FYI - the more you access the drive, the more likely that it's gonna die on you. So I'd suggest preparing for the transfer before you actually do it - and then do it as quickly as possible the first time that you hook it up.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:59 AM

Thank you very much!

Are these readily available at off-line retailers?

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:12 AM

Most major electronics places should have them - dunno about places like Target and WalMart tho'. The local BestBuy had a couple on their shelves on Friday. I'd also check Radio Shack, CompUSA, etc.
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:17 PM

Remember...

Since you are going to clean install a new hard drive as your boot/system partition/drive, you can do that and then after your XP install is complete) attach the other drive as a secondary drive on either the same IDE cable or another IDE cable.

You can then move data files (email, favorites, etc.) from one to the other.

If you are using the Master/Slave jumper settings, then you would also have make sure those are changed to reflect the new drive as the Master. If you are using Cable Select, you don't have to fool with jumpers.

When installing the new drive, make sure that the other drive is not...yes, not...connected on the system until after the XP install is complete.

It's convenient to have a USB enclosure, but it's not necessary to have one :thumbsup:. If you want to go that route, full speed ahead.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:37 PM

Mount the new drive & get XP up & running with all drivers, software etc
Then temporarily disconnect your cdrom drive(s) & hook the old drive up there.
That might be the easies thing to do
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 01:01 PM

I agree that you should get the new hdd partitioned, formatted, and the OS installed. You should then install all of you dirvers and other applications, and then get all of Microsoft updates for the OS. I would then install the new hdd as master and the old hdd as slave on the same IDE cable, be sure to place the jumpers in the appropriate location. You then should be able to click and drag you information from the old drive to the new one.

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