Quote: Originally Posted by eviliony
Hi im quite sure that the ticking is coming from my primary drive... well actually for this primary drive there is nothing to backup as i have my personal data on the secondary drive... but i just want to avoid hassle of reinstalling windows, updating the softwares and so on... is there anyway i can do that without image? is there anyway i can clone my primary hdd? as for you mentioned about system partition.... i already removed that during installation of OS... i increased the size and install OS on the same partition...
A screenshot of Windows Disk Management might clear up any confusion, but.....
There is no way to back up Window itself without using an image.
Unusual noise is never a good sign. I would download the hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility and run it to see if it says your drive is in bad shape. Even if it passes the test, unusual noise is concerning.
The good news is that you have no personal data on this noisy drive. All you can lose is Windows and that can always be reinstalled if necessary.
Imaging and cloning are different processes.
If you were to get a new drive, you could move Windows to it by imaging or by cloning. Imaging is the most common choice.
Imaging is best thought of as a way to recover from a disaster, such as a failed drive. But it can also be used to move a system to a new drive even if there was no disaster.
Cloning is most often used when you want to move to a larger hard drive, when there has been no drive failure and things are working OK. But imaging can be used for this same purpose.