Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:10 AM
if the hard drive is going bad, it may be difficult to clone it properly. Acronis is good, but sometimes it may help to try a different software. Try Clonezilla
Its what I use. If all else fails, and you dont do much directX gaming, you can install a linux variant such as linuxMint or Ubuntu on the new hard drive until you can afford to purchase a new copy of windows.
On a side note, do you have a windows license? Depending on how old it is, if you have the license, you may be able to contact the computer manufacturer and have them send you recovery discs for a small fee.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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