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HDD going bad, installing new drive without pulling the old one


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#1 jtluttrell

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 01:08 PM

So, my sole internal drive is developing bad sectors. I ran SeaTools for DOS and even though it did "repair" some sectors, my understanding is, I should probably go ahead and replace it. 

 

Here's my question: I have open Sata slots, so what's to stop me from sticking in a new drive,doing a clean windows install on the new drive, and setting it as boot drive? Leaving the old drive in for the moment and transferring my files to the new drive. Of course, I'd still have to reinstall programs on the new drive. 

 

Just seems to be as good a solution as backing everything on an external and then transferring the files to the new drive. 

 

Am I forgetting something? Can I have the same windows license installed on two drives?



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Posted 03 January 2015 - 01:38 PM

Hi :welcome: to BC.
 

...so what's to stop me from sticking in a new drive,doing a clean windows install on the new drive, and setting it as boot drive? Leaving the old drive in for the moment and transferring my files to the new drive. Of course, I'd still have to reinstall programs on the new drive.

 

Nothing.

 

Just seems to be as good a solution as backing everything on an external and then transferring the files to the new drive. 
 
Am I forgetting something? Can I have the same windows license installed on two drives?

 

If the old disk is working correctly you can also clone the Drive to the new one and avoid reinstalling everything.

 

Of course starting with a fresh install is good to kill all the junk and get Windows running at max speed.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 01:48 PM

Of course starting with a fresh install is good to kill all the junk and get Windows running at max speed.

 

That is one nice thing about the inevitable "crash and wipe" scenario.  :lol:

 

Thanks for the quick response! I'm going to keep this thread open in case I run into any trouble or have another question.   :thumbup2:



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Posted 03 January 2015 - 02:06 PM


Thanks for the quick response! I'm going to keep this thread open in case I run into any trouble or have another question.   :thumbup2:

 

 

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 12:22 PM

Ok, So I've got my new Drive. I went with a Western Digital Black Dual Drive . I also decided while I was doing a new install of Windows, I'd go with W7 Pro 64bit version (currently running W7 Home Premium 32bit). The new drive requires downloading and running software from Western Digital in order for the pc to recognize the 1TB HDD part of the dual drive.

 

My question is: I just need to install the new drive, boot to my Windows Install Disc, Install windows on the SSD portion of the drive, and then Download/run the WD software?  This would be the only way to do it if this was a new build anyway right?

 

I guess what I'm asking is, I don't need to install this drive and load the WD software through my current version of Windows first, correct?



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 06:37 PM

No. You do not need to install the WD software on the current version of windows.  And in fact I would take out the current drive while you install the new drive and OS (so you don't make the mistake of wiping and loading your new windows onto your old drive)  After you install windows and download all the updates and (don't forget the motherboard drivers)- When your new copy is running solid.  Then put the old drive back in and take ownership of the drive to access all the files.



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 08:58 PM

Makes sense. The dual drive thing was throwing me off. Thanks!



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Posted 10 January 2015 - 01:10 PM

Makes sense. The dual drive thing was throwing me off. Thanks!

 

According to the WD FAQ during Windows install the OS will only see the SSD drive, when the installation finish you need to install the WD software to access the 1TB HDD part.


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