I have been on these forums for months now, getting amazing help from the kind people on this website. For those interested in my computer's saga, I believe one can find a list of my topics by checking out my profile. My most recent topic/post is found here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/638460/com-surrogate-error/page-6
My internal hard drive (a Seagate make) is on it's way out. I have a HP Pavilion G6, purchased in 2012, running a very fresh install of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Unfortunately, it only ran smoothly for about a week and a half before having file system issues that are suspected to be a result of the damage done to my hard drive this past summer from overheating.
I'm going to sum up two posts from my other topic...
I ran an HDD Scan with these alarmingly slow-to-respond sector results:
< 500 ms - 684
> 500 ms - 40
Bads - 0
I've been meaning to get an external hard drive and finally have the opportunity... I have a few questions because, unfortunately, I am probably going to have to choose between internal or external, for now.
1. I would really prefer to get an external hard drive, but in the case that my internal drive should fail, would I be able to run my laptop on the external drive somehow? ...at least until I could get an internal one, anyway...
2. This computer is several years old. Would getting an internal drive even be worth the myriad of risks from having to take this laptop apart to install it? Also, could a new internal drive actually help this old laptop to last a while longer? If not, the money for an internal drive could instead be a little chip off the price of a new laptop a while down the road...
3. This one is probably very silly, but there is a nice model of external drives I found made by Western Digital -I know it would be compatible with my computer, but would a Seagate be better because that's what my internal drive is?
All my data fits on my flash drives, I have a Macrium Reflect Rescue Disk, and I'm still utilizing my other topic to figure out a temporary fix for my file system until I can get a hard drive. This last time I installed Win 7, once I got all my data and programs on, it worked fine for about a week and a half before I began having issues.
4. I'm probably going to have to reformat my disk again -once I do, is there anything I could do to help prevent or slow my system from getting messed up until I have a new internal drive or new machine?
Sorry for all these questions from a newb and thank you so very much for your time!
Edited by book.weaver, 11 February 2017 - 02:37 PM.