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September 15th, 2010, 08:38 PM #1Replacing Noisey Hard Drive
My Dell PC has been having a slight increase in noise lately and it just feels like hard drive failure around the bend. I'm trying something a little preemptive tonight.
I picked up a WD hard drive at Best Buy today and also an external hard drive. Rather than back up all my files and wait I'm creating a clone on the external with Disk Copy 2.3.
My hope is that if that goes ok then I'll install the new drive and use Disk Copy 2.3 to copy back to the new HD.
I downloaded the free ISO of Disk Copy 2.3 and burnt it to a CD. I then changed the boot order in the PC to boot CD ROM first. That allowed me to boot with Disk Copy and now I am running the clone copy process.
This will either be the easiest hard drive swap ever for me or will blow up in my face somehow. I'll post success or failure as a follow up.
September 15th, 2010, 08:51 PM #2
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Since you are going to a WD drive you can use their free version of Acronis which they pay for the licensing:
This could allow you to just install the second drive and copy over leaving the external out of the equation.
Also almost any external will be very slow compared to drives in the machine.
I would do a few backups. Maybe even backup some folders to a DVD in a plain file version, not ISO, not compressed, not zipped.
DVDs are 4.7 gig or 8.5 for Dual Layers so they can do much more than old CDRs.
Last edited by andbeyond; September 15th, 2010 at 08:52 PM.
September 15th, 2010, 09:16 PM #3
My plan just evolved as the day went on. I was just going to do backup to the external and keep the new HD at the ready. Then I watched a tutorial video that gave me the idea that is in progress now. I have 31% complete on the clone now.
I have plenty of ongoing backups of data, but I just wanted to avoid the messing reinstall of programs.
As far as putting the new HD in the PC along side the old one. It just seemed easier to go with a external which I want for future storage anyway.
We will see how it goes.
September 16th, 2010, 07:20 AM #4
It all went well and during the night Disk Copy cloned the new hard drive with the copy that was on the external. It booted up and all seems well. A very easy transition.
September 16th, 2010, 07:44 AM #5
Thanks for posting this thread, John. I'm an Acronis user for all my backups and I keep an image of my HD using incremental backups to an external drive.
But I'm not really in love with Acronis, as it caused me a lot of grief on a backup/restore situation a year or two ago. I had never heard of that Disk Copy software, but you've got me interested in downloading it and trying it out over the weekend.Generate more fake news.
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September 17th, 2010, 02:34 PM #7
Final Note: Just in case someone would follow the path I did beware that your external drive will not be the same when you are done. If you want to use it for routine backups you will want to get the clone off first.
Windows XP, and others, have the ability to format the drive via the control panel and Disk Management. That's a lot easier than trying to delete the clone copy file by file as the Mod on the Seagate forum suggested.
My Dell had come with 4 partitions so the clone had 4 partitions too. The Disk Management in XP allowed me to combine them easily and set the File System back to NTFS.
The software that comes on the external drive will probably be overwritten too. I just downloaded Seagate Manager from Seagate and am now back in the backup mode.
Hope I can find this thread if I have to do it again as it will all be forgotten in a month or less.
September 17th, 2010, 05:02 PM #8Hope I can find this thread if I have to do it again as it will all be forgotten in a month or less.
September 17th, 2010, 10:30 PM #9
I didn't like the SeaGate Manager. Never saw such a giant setup file produce so few features. After uninstalling it and doing a lot of looking at download.cnet.com I settled on SyncBack freeware version. It has way more features than I can ever use. There are quite a few free backup utilities out there with good reviews.
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September 19th, 2010, 01:29 PM #14
I never really thought too much about maintenance on my home computers.... I got a wake up call a couple of days ago. My primary machine at home, a huge (and expensive) Dell Precision 690 that I've had for years and that I absolutely need to do my work, started behaving weirdly. I got a blue screen, the CD drive would spin up and keep spinning until I rebooted, the fans would run too loudly, etc. Finally, it tripped a circuit breaker the other night. So I decided I needed to take it apart and have a look...
Turns out, one side of one of the fans that cool the CPU was TOTALLY clogged with dust bunnies and it was allowing the motherboard to overheat. Now I think my onboard IDE controller is shot. There was a big piece of plastic that covers the CPU's and RAM, basically funneling air flow and I couldn't see the clog without removing this airflow thingy.
So, regarding computer maintenance.... If you desktop computer is several years old, you might want to check the airflow around the fans...Merchants, any data you provide to Google Shopping should also be in your affiliate network datafeed. More data means more sales!
September 19th, 2010, 11:15 PM #15
Originally Posted by Bill
Originally Posted by isellstuff
As far as this one goes I'm going to forget about it as all seems good. The hard drive had some other quirky goings on beside the noise so I'm glad it's swapped out.
September 20th, 2010, 07:50 AM #16
I got fed up with having to reinstall everything whenever the current system failed for whatever reason. I've taken the same step as you, and have not looked back since.
I use Acronis True Image.. very easy to use
In fact, now I actually re-image the drive every couple of weeks, thus having a nice fresh system.
If I have something new to add to the system, I re-image it again, then install the new product, then create an image of the new setup.
The re-imaging takes just 40 mins. Time aplenty to grab a cup of tea/coffee and watch an episode of Red Dwarf
Last edited by Chucksta; September 20th, 2010 at 07:51 AM.
September 23rd, 2010, 05:18 AM #17
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I wish Acronis True Image was around a few years back, when you were faced with the dreadest possibility of having to run a data recovery software that didn't get back all your files
September 23rd, 2010, 06:52 AM #18reason for multiple partitions on hard drives
The same is good and applicable for M$ Windows boxes, but the majority of them only have a C: partition.
If that C: partition gets damaged, everything goes. Lanny
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