I have a 3 year old seldom used 1T 3.5" hitachi HDD that is going bad. It's very noisy at boot up and shows 8 bad sectors (using HD diag programs).
I just bought 2 new 1T drives to install in the desktop, but I wondered if my existing power supply might be causing damage to the HDD. I currently have two other much smaller drives in the desktop but they seem to be doing fine.
I guess at this point I'm hoping it was just bad luck that the 1T drive went out. I really dont want to replace the power supply unless I need to.
This was a barebones system and besides the Chip and Ram, price was the determining factor when it was assembled.
This is a Win 8.0 system.
As far as installing the new HDD's (and taking out the old...maybe) is this an OK plan.
1. Backup existing 1T drive to portable HD.
2. Install the 2 new HDD's...possibly keeping the existing 1T drive as drive #3.
3. Load the backup Win 8.0 ISO to the first new 1T drive? (I use Paragon 2013 which can operate from it's Boot CD).
4. Do I need to do anything with the 2nd new Hard Drive, other than attaching it?
I've never replaced a drive in anything other than an XP system, and never more than one at a time.... so I'm not sure what to expect.