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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?

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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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24 Jul 2018   #7
Gi1919

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
 
 

So... a full year later, I actually did this! The hard drive behaved for close to a year, and then started losing a few more sectors, and it seemed to accelerate a bit, so I cloned it to a new one this week. I'm discussing that there.

Anyway, I was rereading my previous threads today, and this comment made me go "huh" in a way it hadn't last year! A bit of a lightbulb moment...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
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.
The thing is, the trouble seemed to start when I bought a Wd external hard drive last year. I stupidly tried to copy some system and program files that were in use to it, and it created some instability. Several times, it seemed I lost sectors not long after using that drive. And it was a 2.5'', a so-called "self-powered" drive that my laptop was actually powering, the only 2.5'' drive I ever used on that laptop too! Needless to say, I haven't used it in over a year now.

Even in the year since, in which I have used a newer 3.5'' external hard drive instead, I wonder if trouble didn't mostly happen around the times I was using it...

So, Roland, could you tell me more? Could there be any link between the use of those external hard drives and the damage to my internal drive? What do you think might have happened? Did some power issue damage my old hard drive? And... could the same thing happen to the new one now?
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25 Jul 2018   #8
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...So, Roland, could you tell me more? Could there be any link between the use of those external hard drives and the damage to my internal drive? What do you think might have happened? Did some power issue damage my old hard drive? And... could the same thing happen to the new one now?"
Excellent questions! From here, I have no idea on exactly what and how things happened. I hope you have a local data recovery person who can walk you through recovering what can be recovered and move forward. The only link I see is: the more the problematic HDD is used, the more likely an increase of re-allocated sectors, approaching the max limit.
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26 Jul 2018   #9
Gi1919

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
 
 

Thanks, Roland.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I hope you have a local data recovery person who can walk you through recovering what can be recovered and move forward.
No need for that luckily, I have the full image of the drive plus backups, including older versions... Since I had indeed gone beyond the reserve, I suspect there's a handful of corrupt files, which I'd quite like to identify to replace them with versions from the old backups... But hopefully, nothing was lost completely. :)
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27 Jul 2018   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'm so glad you had backups, as long as such are restorable. :)
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