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New hard drive: Any specific things I should do or be aware of?


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 05:01 PM

Hi. My hard drive died. Luckily the computer repair folks were able to clone my old one onto a new one. After about two hours of using the laptop with the new hard drive all seems in order. The only glitch is that I have to reenter passwords, etc.

 

Are there anythings I should look out for with a new hard drive?

 

Any tips on potential problems?

 

Thanks.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 05:12 PM

The only thing I can advise is to get yourself a USB external drive and create a complete disk image to it. If you do this on a regular basis, the timing depending on installing new programs and updates, you would be able to recover the image from the USB external to a new drive and not have to worry about paying somebody else to do a clone.

 

Some programs that can do this with Easeus being the easiest

 

Easeus Todo Backup Free

Aomei Backupper Standard

Macrium Free

 

All allow you to create bootable media, CD or USB, that allows you to recover the image if the computer does not boot because of file system corruption or a failed drive. Easeus and Aomei also do file/folder backups on a schedule along with incremental and differential backups. 



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:42 PM

Yes get a external they are life savers


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 09:22 PM

Thanks. I've had an external drive backup for years - but only for documents and photos, etc. I did not know about cloning or disc image. I'll look into this.

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 09:58 PM

If you don't already have a recovery disk I'd download a free ISO from Microsoft. The reason I say this is often when you clone a failing HDD you'll bring the same problems to the new HDD.






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