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Windows 7: Replacing a failing hard drive while keeping my OS, software etc.

09 Jul 2017   #1
Gi1919

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
 
 
Replacing a failing hard drive while keeping my OS, software etc.

Hi everyone,

The hard drive on my HP Pavilion g6-1331sf laptop is failing and I would like to replace it.

I would like to :
  • image to an external hard drive before buying the new internal drive: I will only get one if the imaging procedure works all the way through
  • image all the partitions except the biggest one, D:, so as not to tire the drive out too much (I'm attaching a screencap of Disk Management)
Is it possible? Which tool should I use? Do you have a list of things I should check before I get started?


(I'm planning to get a regular hard drive, probably a 1 TB.)


Thanks!




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09 Jul 2017   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The free version of Macrium Reflect will image the drive to a new drive. Image the entire drive, not just certain partitions. It won't cause a problem with the old drive. Do a disc "Image" and not a "clone" as bad blocks and data get transferred along with good data with a clone.
Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
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09 Jul 2017   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

I would do a clean install often bad blocks will be written to the new hard drive second you don't know the state of Windows if the disk is faulty
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09 Jul 2017   #4
Gi1919

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
 
 

Thanks guys.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
I would do a clean install often bad blocks will be written to the new hard drive second you don't know the state of Windows if the disk is faulty
Interesting. It would mean a lot more work though... Maybe I can try the imaging-restoring first, then, if it doesn't live up to my expectations, do a clean install instead?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Image the entire drive, not just certain partitions. It won't cause a problem with the old drive.
Really? Because I am in the process of backing up my data again, and I already have 2 more reallocated sectors than I did a few hours ago... And if I'm understanding the attached screencap correctly, I'm getting dangerously close to the end of the reserve. I don't think the drive will enjoy the imaging process at all, I'm honestly afraid it just won't work all the way... That's why I wanted to image as little stuff as I could. Is that not possible?


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13 Jul 2017   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I hope you are doing a one-pass full image of each of the necessary partitions of that increasingly problematic hard-drive. Back in the old days, Windows 3.1 - Windows 98SE, I would suspect a fork in the road -- either a physically-failing hard-drive or an under-powered hard-drive 'cause the power supply is not giving the HD enough juice to run efficiently. I'm not sure if this fork in the road applies to your computer.
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13 Jul 2017   #6
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If it records bad blocks it will write those to the new drive and there is no simple fix it's just not the risk
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