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Windows 7: Hard Drive clicking sound!!!


20 Aug 2010   #1

windows 7 Ultimate 32bit & 64bit
 
 
Hard Drive clicking sound!!!

Hey guys when I boot my pc my main hd is making a clicking sound, and won't detect the HD. After a few tries I can get into windows. But it seems it's on it's last leg. I would like to make an image of this drive for another hd before it completely dies, any recomdations for software that can do this?

Thanks


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20 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hastyle,

You could use Windows 7's built-in feature to create a system image on another hard drive, then do a system image recovery later to the new hard drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Aug 2010   #3

windows 7 Ultimate 32bit & 64bit
 
 

wow i didnt know windows 7 had such a thing! will look into it.

thanks you.
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20 Aug 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. I just hope it's not to late yet.
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20 Aug 2010   #5

 

all you have to do is hit the windows key and type backup into the search bar, then select create a system image, and while you're at it, create a system repair disk.. then buy a new HDD. You'll have to reactivate windows afterwards... KB971033 is automatically downloaded and installed whenever you restore from a system image, and almost always gives you a "windows not genuine" message, regardless of the original source used to install windows
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20 Aug 2010   #6

windows 7 Ultimate 32bit & 64bit
 
 

Hey guys so i've looked around online for a tutorial of it. Im on my pc right now, got it too boot again, the clicks are getting longer on every boot, so this could be my last chance to do it. I wanna make sure i get it right. So i have an external drive hooked up, i back up the image to the external hd, make a system repair disk.. I was just gonna use the drive in my external drive as my new Boot drive now,

so does the image have to be on a different drive then the one you want to install the image on??

thanks.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
all you have to do is hit the windows key and type backup into the search bar, then select create a system image, and while you're at it, create a system repair disk.. then buy a new HDD. You'll have to reactivate windows afterwards... KB971033 is automatically downloaded and installed whenever you restore from a system image, and almost always gives you a "windows not genuine" message, regardless of the original source used to install windows
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20 Aug 2010   #7

 

The backup image has to be on a separate partition at the very least, but definitely use the external hdd for your backup
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20 Aug 2010   #8

windows 7 Ultimate 32bit & 64bit
 
 

I do have a external hdd, and its the one i plan to back up the image on, but i also wanted to use this external hdd as the new hard drive. So my option is to get a another hd, to put this image on. in the page where do u want to save the backup, i can select the external hd but there is also a one or more dvds option.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
The backup image has to be on a separate partition at the very least, so if you don't have an external HDD, it would be a very wise investment.
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20 Aug 2010   #9

 

You can't install windows to an external HDD. When windows boots, it tests all the connections including USB and eSATA, and you will get BSODs. you will have to get a new HDD, but they are pretty cheap on newegg.com. I've seen 500 GB WD caviar blacks for less than $50 on sale
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20 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

When you say you want to use the external as your new hard drive, I hope you mean you plan to take it out of the enclosure and use it as an internal drive, because it won't work otherwise. I believe what you want is something more like HDClone: Miray Software - HDClone - Hard disk copy, hard disk backup, hard disk rescue!

Keep in mind, the new HDD must be the same size or lager than the old one.
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