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Windows 7: Reliable Free Ghosting Software?

20 Feb 2011   #1
mr pc

Windows 7
Reliable Free Ghosting Software?

My suspicions have been proven true - S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad

Hard drive has been running as if read/writing often, and CPU has been running hot for little reason. Ran check disk, AV software, defrag, checking task manager often.

So I install Songbird because WMP12 has been acting like crap and viola come back a few hours later with a smart status bad, backup/replace.

I wish I could single out the problem - been looking for some smart diagnostics that are reliable and up to date. But am sure I'll have to replace my HD - F*CK!

It's only 1 1/2 years old - Seagate 750 gb OEM in an Asus Essentio 5570. Nice computer but this is ****ing outrageous - Shit I have a Presario from 2000 with much weaker specs (obviously) running Ubuntu like a champ.

Thought ASUS would be decent but now know better. Next computer was going to be a home-build anyways, might as well start now.

Now - Will my Geek Squad purchase prove it's worth?

I will see and I will make sure they provide the service I expect - but I should probably just get the HD and do it myself, but want to make sure I don't lose my OEM Win7 - I deserve a "second chance"


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20 Feb 2011   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7

You can always create a hard drive "image". I use Macrium Reflect to create my HDD image.

Norton Ghost is a reliable ghosting software - personally, I do not like using Symantec products. But it's up to you.
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20 Feb 2011   #3
mr pc

Windows 7

yeah, re-doing that (image) right now.

Also checking out the Norton ghost

thanks for the input
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20 Feb 2011   #4
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Look out for a PM from me....
You need to make recovery disks (if possible) and copy down the OEM product key on the bottom of the laptop - that way you won't lose Win7.
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20 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Macrium Reflect is the free imaging software that I use. It works very well and is quite easy to use.
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