Posted 19 May 2008 - 03:29 PM
Yes, leave the old hard drive out of the mix for now - that way you can work at it at your leisure. If it's failing, each attempt to access it can damage the data - so leave it for a time when you can make one good, quick attempt at saving your stuff.
We can assist in helping you to reconnect it after the new hard drive is the computer and you've installed Windows on it. There are several ways to do this, the cheapest being "slaving" it to the computer. The easiest is to get a hard drive "caddy" or connector (about $30 US) to plug it into a USB port to access the drive.
I personally prefer Western Digital hard drives, but others here will swear by Seagate and other brands. I've had good service from Western Digital support - so that's why I stick with them.
For a laptop, you'll likely want one of the smaller drives (such as the Western Digital Passport series). They're small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, and they can hold up to 320 gB of data. For a desktop you may want one of the larger drives (such as the Western Digital MyBook series) which has a separate power supply and data cable.
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