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HDD Failed, now to move programs and games

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#1 deanos63


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:26 AM

Hi guys,


I am starting to receive warning messages from windows that one of my HDD's is starting to fail (Something to do with reallocate sectors being bad) anyway, this is not a problem I have a new HDD on order.


The HDD that is failing only has installed games and installed steam games on it. I have a seperate HDD used for windows.


My question is will I be able to transfer my games/steamapp games from my failing HDD (E:) to my NEW HDD (Lets say G:) using copy and paste method, and then remove HDD (E:) and throw it in the bin and then rename NEW HDD (G:) to (E:), and carry on as though nothing has happened?


I know you couldn't do this if you install games on the same disk as the OS, but as I have installed the games away from the OS HDD will I just be able to trick windows into thinking it is the same HDD?


I have over 200 games, Steam and non-steam, the Steam games I'm not to bothered about as I know I can copy and paste the steamapps folder and steam will re-install or download what ever it needs to, but the others are all disc based and will need reinstalling etc.


Once again, I have no system files on the failing hard drive, I litterally just wanna pick everything up from the old and put on the new with the same path names etc.


Any thoughts



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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 07:11 AM

That's a big maybe...


I advise you disconnect the failing drive and don't plug it in again until you want to copy the data off. Your OS will have been re-allocating data as sectors fail, but now it has reached the critical point don't push it.


There's no way to find out until you try to copy.


I suggest you do a little research also to try and discover the best recent file copying software (has been a while for me), then use that to transfer the data. It will be more stable and overcome errors in a much neater fashion than Windows copy.

#3 deanos63

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:31 AM

I used a 3rd party app to confirm the disk was bad, just in case it was windows giving a false reading.

It confirmed the disk was bad, reallocation sector threshold was 36, and it had a reading of 24 dropping to 16 in a day. I'm assuming when it gets to 0 bad things will happen.

I will wait till Saturday when I have my new disk before I switch it on again.

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

0 is worse and when it hits 0 your Hard Drive Is completely dead

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