I apologize but my computer knowledge is minimal.
My Cyberpower desktop PC with i7-4770K processor, 8 GB memory is running Win 8.1 and has a failing Toshiba 2TB HDD ( DT01ACA200 ) judging by startup noises and frequently high disk usage (often 98-99%)
New HDD is a 4TB WD Black ( WD4004FZWXSP )
I understand that WD provides a free Acronis program to clone the old to the new HDD but I'm not sure of several things.
Am I correct in thinking this is how to install the new drive and clone the old one:
1) Power down and install the new drive
2)Turn computer on and install WD's Acronis program to the old HDD, then run it to automatically clone the disk --OR will that install disk partitions that are too small for the new 4GB disk
What I would like to know....
1) Do I need to first partition the new WD HDD in order to be able to clone it and to utilize all of my new HDD ?
2) I have read that a fresh install of Windows is best but time is of the essence, as the present HDD is making evil noises upon startup and the HDD usage (as per Task Manager) is often at 98-99%
Can Windows 8 be fresh installed on the new HDD at a later time?
3) I don't have any recovery disks (I know it's stupid.) . Should I create a Windows recovery disk before cloning or afterward?
How do I do that?