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My hard drive is making noise


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#1 raidencmc

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 11:25 AM

After I moved my computer Started making noise. I took it apart and cleaned the inside checked the fans and determined it to be the hard drive. At least I am 90% sure. The sound is constant and when the light is flashing it is louder. In order to prevent loosing everything on the computer What kind of options do I have.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 11:42 AM

If it is a clicking noise, the hard drive is getting ready to fail. I would not use the computer until you have a plan of action in place on how to retrieve what you want to save. It is hard to say when it will fail, but you know it's getting ready to
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 11:48 AM

FWIW: Loose connections also cause hard drives to develop a clicking sound, IME.

If the noise sounds like a rumble and coincides with light activity...I'd have to say that your hard drive needs to be defragged pretty quick.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:27 AM

You also need to get an external storage drive of some kind and run a backup before anything happens

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:17 AM

Probably going to get a new HDD today is there some way to swap it out and make it seem like I never did? I guess what I am trying to figure out is how I get the info from the old drive to the new drive? If I back up to an external drive can do the opposite back to the PC. Or am I just copy and pasting? I just want to do this in the easiest manner?

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:00 AM

IMO, the easiest way...would be to clone your current hard drive...to the new one.

That requires software capable of cloning partitions...such as Partition Magic and other programs.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:52 PM

Where do I find info on that. Does the software cost anything?

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 01:40 AM

What kind of computer do you have? A laptop or desktop? And what is the make and model? Do you have the installation disc for the operating system?

If you purchase a Seagate or Maxtor there will be a disc that comes with it which includes Acronis's True Image which is a program for cloning your old drive... it it is still viable at that point. Seagate owns Maxtor, and has a great product with the longest warranty of any of the manufacturers, you won't go wrong with a purchase from them.

If you have the installation CD, another option would be to install the new hdd and load the operating system, then install the old hdd as a slave drive. This configuration requires that both hdds be connected via a IDE cable, the new hdd will need to have the jumper on the rear set to Master, and the old hdd will need to have the jumpers set to Slave. This tutorial will show you every thing that you need to know for this.

Once the two hdds are connected you can open Explore and drag files from the old hdd to the new one, or copy and paste them.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 09:00 AM

...but you will not be able to transfer programs installed, using the method indicated as a 2d option. This is assuming that you have a Microsoft XP CD, not recovery/restore CDs.

Only data files are capable of being transferred by that method...whereas cloning will just make a complete copy of the existing partition on another drive.

Information about the system manufacturer and model would be useful.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 09:58 AM

If the applications were downloaded and the person saved the setup it can be copied and used, so you actually can transfer application using this method. I keep four freeware applications on a flash drive for troubleshooting purposes, they were transferred there by the same means.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 08:10 PM

So if I CLONED the drive I would have an identical drive? And I could in theory install the new drive and be the same as I was before. Then I could take the old drive and put it into another PC that was compatible with the OS and programs and have two identical PC's as far as software goes?

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 08:47 PM

<<So if I CLONED the drive I would have an identical drive?>>

Yes. A cloned drive is an identical copy of the contents, although some cloning programs allow users to change the size of the cloned partition.

<<And I could in theory install the new drive and be the same as I was before.>>

Yes, if "same as I was before" means that you would have all files available and working which were on the original drive.

<<Then I could take the old drive and put it into another PC that was compatible with the OS and programs and have two identical PC's as far as software goes?>>

Yes and no :thumbsup:.

Yes, you would then be able to put that drive in a computer that was exactly like the one you removed it from...and it would work.

No, you cannot run two activated versions using the same key...in two different systems. One activation per license.

If the license is failing...that's a bad plan anyway. The best that I would suggest for a drive that is suspected of having problems...is to use it for nonessential data storage only.

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