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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Help

26 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
New Hard Drive Help

My current HDD is failing, the temps are running in the 50's Celsius. The drive is at least 6 years old.

Ok now my question, how do I clone my current drive to a new one without having to reinstall everything?

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26 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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26 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks, am I right in thinking 50+ degrees C is too high?
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26 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

There are several ways to clone your hdd in addition to Macrium and Acronis. See this page.

5 Ways To Clone & Copy Your Hard Drive

Yes, 50+ centigrade is quite high unless you are sitting in the Gobi desert. Most hdds are rated only upto 55 degrees operating temperature. At normal loads and average ambient temps, it shouldnt go up more than say 45 degrees.
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26 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You could also check the Health status of your HD using these programs,
HD Tune website (Free Trial)
or
Ashampoo® HDD Control (Free Trial)
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27 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Got my new drive but transferring the system files is proving tedious
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27 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

It takes a while. Thats why i always prefer to do a fresh windows install after backing up my data to an external hdd.
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27 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
It takes a while. Thats why i always prefer to do a fresh windows install after backing up my data to an external hdd.
Thats what I ended up doing. This new drive is mega fast compared to my old 120 gig IDE drive
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27 Apr 2010   #9

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

For future reference >>>>

Western Digital/Seagate etc all have their own mini software progs that do this all for you.

ie test disk/read S.M.A.R.T., re/format, disk image old hard drive etc

Look up their 'download' sections
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27 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It wasn't too bad at the end of it all, it was just painfully slow with the old drive being best part of 6 years old and running very hot.
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