Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Hard drive failing? Cleanest option to transfer everything to new HDD?

25 Jan 2014   #1
Robwan

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
Hard drive failing? Cleanest option to transfer everything to new HDD?

Hi,

I have a very funny feeling my hard drive may be failing, today I was working normally on my computer (nothing intensive) and the colours suddenly went a bit messed up, it went into windows basic colour scheme too. I have gpu and cpu meters and I noticed both of them shot up when this happened. I got worried, saved all my work and restarted immediately, it started ok.

When It happened I could have sworn I heard a very faint screaming sound coming from possibly the hdd and now I am noticing some clicking sounds (after restarting) but tbh they are quiet and maybe I'm just noticing them because I'm thinking about.

Also I just got a new gpu which is much quieter so maybe I'm hearing more now.

The clicking noises (which I'm still not sure if where there before) are coming from the hdd, as I've unplugged the gpu and started up and I could definitely hear them from the hdd)


Although it appears to be running ok now. I would like to know the cleanest and simplest way to clone my hdd to another a new hdd so I can simply carry on using my windows with all the software as it was.....just in case it does fail. I've backed up anything important so its not the end if goes pop right now.....i hope it doesn't though kinda need my pc.


Also I havn't got round to changing my info, this is about my desktop not laptop.

i7 920 OC 3.4
corsair 650w
gtx 580
6g ram
gigabyte mobo

Its all over 3 years old bar the gpu which is day old.

Any help is appreciated thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Jan 2014   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Many here use Macrium to clone drives, you'll also have success with Acronis which I use or Apricorn EZ-Gig. Whatever you do you would be advised to clone or back up vital data ASAP. Good Luck !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2014   #3
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I concur with linne; in a situation like this; backup important stuff immediately; preferably to a external source such as a external usb hard drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

25 Jan 2014   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You may want to read and watch this:

Imaging with free Macrium
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2014   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Since you have already backed up all your data, I would say a clean install will be the best. Of course you have to groom it again and install all the software but worth it. There are people who do a clean install periodically to keep their system spic-and-span and top-notch operating condition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2014   #6
Robwan

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Ok got it, thanks for your help people
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2014   #7
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Have you checked the SMART data on the HDD? It may not be anything HDD related that you are experiencing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Hard drive failing? Cleanest option to transfer everything to new HDD?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?
Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about...
Hardware & Devices
Hard drive failing?
First off i have a Seagate sshd hybrid 2tb. So if im using applications or playing games etc. i hear a little 2 second noise coming from my hard drive then game will freeze for 20-30 seconds then return and play fine. My mouse still moves just everything is unresponsive. Like i opened...
Hardware & Devices
Failing drive; best way to transfer off data?
Hi, I have a WD1002FAEX (WD Black 1TB) that has started to show signs of failure. A few months ago it would load larger files slowly and buffer sometimes when watching videos. As of this week though, it's loading everything slowly and even SD video buffers every few seconds. It does not appear any...
Hardware & Devices
How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive
Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to...
Installation & Setup
Hard drive failing
I built a Sandy Bridge and foolishly used a Samsung 103J Spinpoint 1TB drive. NOw being a first timer I just put it altogether and swircted on > loaded the OS -7 Home and began computing. However the Samsung has made quite loud clicking / scratching noises form the start as it reads /...
Hardware & Devices
Hard drive failing, what to do
My primary system drive where Win7 is installed is a: WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD3200AAKS HD 320G - OEM. Long version (feel free to scroll down to short version): Yesterday, I came back to my computer, and all of my applications and desktop were frozen, but I could move the mouse. When I clicked on a...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:50.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App