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Hardrive: I Think It's Nearly Had It's Life


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 04:49 AM

I have a hardrive that makes a noise every time you click something and even hover thing it will make a noise when it bring up a box to tell you what it is, thing take there time opening and i was wondering if i can tranfer the windows installation, and programs from that drive to another? so i don't have to reactivate Windows and Office.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 05:53 AM

The drive utility Digtal Dolly will image the drive for you. It is fairly straight forward, and free.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 08:43 AM

Many if not most retail new drives come with migration software which may also usually be downloaded from support at the Hdd manufacturer's site.

Edited by Enthusiast, 01 June 2006 - 08:44 AM.


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Posted 02 June 2006 - 02:02 AM

thanks.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 03:24 PM

There are almost as many ways to move an OS from one HD to another as there are people who will respond to your post. Everyone (techie) has their favorite method.
If properly done, windows will be None The Wiser.

I would use software that I already have and use daily. Norton's Ghost 2003.

I'd first set up, partition and format the new drive to make sure its 100% OK, using my Windows ME boot disk.
Then I'd Ghost the old drive to the second partition on the new drive, in a compressed image file.
Then I'd remove the old drive and restore the Ghost Image from the second partition to the first partition.
With a reboot, the new drive would be up and running with the old OS on it.
And, I'd still have the backup image on partition #2 for future reference.

I do this stuff for a living and have for many years. My method may take a bit longer than some others, but it assures a safe and reliable transfer and NEVER fails.
Any problem with the new drive will usually show up during the partitioning and formatting stages of the process.

Izzy, I sincerely hope that you do NOT buy a Western Digital drive. Almost anything else would be preferable.
WD's quality has slipped terribly in the last year or more.
Seagate or Maxtor would be a much better choice.

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 03:14 AM

Seagates come with a five year warranty - the longest in the industry and after two WD drives that were just over two years old took a hike in the last couple of months, Seagate is the only drive I would buy.

If you use Ghost, you can also make a restore cd with it. Good idea.
The Seagate drives come with "Seatools" which among other things will migrate your old hdd to the new.

If for any reason you get one w/o the cd it can be downloaded from Seagate support.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 07:32 AM

i already have a hardrive from another computer it's not that old about 4 months i have no clue what it is apart from being a 80gb same size as the old one that's 2 and a little bit years.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 08:56 AM

It will tell you what it is by looking at the labels on it.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:36 AM

Well i have the Hard Drive up and running and is running smoothly and quitely. I used ghost took me a while but it all worked out in the end and i tell you it is good to have a healty PC again for the time being.




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