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#1 RockerBug17

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:48 PM

So, after asking on the forums about a potential hardware problem, I was graced with this lovely screen today after a reboot. I quickly ordered a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT drive as a replacement. It looks like a really solid drive, and I may even get a little performance boost out of the deal.

Anywho, I was told by a cousin that Seagate had some software to make cloning a drive easy. My question is, will using DiskWizard make an exact copy of my current drive? I know that's what cloning implies, but I just want to make sure that there won't be any issues with Windows XP and it's legitimacy.

I also need to get a good external USB HDD enclosure. Any recommendations or could I possibly use an enclosure from one of my HP Personal Media Drives?

And finally, the most important question, what can I do to ensure my current HDD lasts until I get the necessary equipment to complete the cloning process? Complete shutdown? Sleep mode? Leave it on and alone?

And as always, thanks for your help!

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 06:46 PM

If you have a troubled hard drive...the best thing you can do is stop using it, if you intend to get any files from it.

I've had/have many Seagate drives...but I've never used Disk Wizard (because I've always owned cloning software since 2000 or so) but I would think that their description/directions for using utilities/software...should be reliable.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:54 PM

Please correct me if I am wrong .... but you have ordered a 2.5" laptop HDD to replace the 3.5" HDD in a desktop PC?

If that is so, you could have a problem?
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 12:58 AM

If I'm reading the specs correctly and making the correct assumption. The 500GB Seagate Momentus XT he ordered is 7200 rpm, thats typical of a desktop HDD, laptop drives don't spin that fast that I have seen. I too could be wrong though...

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:54 AM

Please correct me if I am wrong .... but you have ordered a 2.5" laptop HDD to replace the 3.5" HDD in a desktop PC?


That's what I see as well.

The 500GB Seagate Momentus XT he ordered is 7200 rpm, thats typical of a desktop HDD, laptop drives don't spin that fast that I have seen.


Actually, there a 2.5 hdds that will operate as high as 15,000 RPM. Check out these at Newegg.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:54 AM

Drive mentioned for possible purchase seems to be SSD.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:14 AM

The 500GB Seagate Momentus XT he ordered is 7200 rpm, thats typical of a desktop HDD, laptop drives don't spin that fast that I have seen.


Actually, there a 2.5 hdds that will operate as high as 15,000 RPM. Check out these at Newegg.


That is sexy, too bad I'm stuck with IDE for the moment.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:15 AM

It's a hybrid, cross between mechanical and ssd. You can use a 2.5 inch drive in a desktop, no problem, but you will most likely need an adapter to mount it in the space provided for a 3.5 inch drive.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:37 AM

Sorry for my late reply; typing with the Wiimote can be a pain, lol. To answer the question, I am aware that the drive I ordered is typically a laptop drive. I tried to research the drive before my current one became a problem and I was under the impression that the drive would work in either desktop or laptop without any extra gadets.

I do, however, need some recommendations on a good usb external encloseure for the Seagate drive I ordered so that I can start the cloning process ASAP.




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