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Windows 7: HDD fail, and reinstalling windows 7

09 Oct 2011   #1
saketis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
HDD fail, and reinstalling windows 7

My WD HDD is failing. I am thinking about new HDD. Does that make any problems when reinstalling Windows 7 with the same licence? Thanks.
About failing:
It suddenly from time to time freezes and slows down computer drastically, and I see led for HDD usage working. It unfreezes after 5-10 minutes.
Sometimes when I turn on my computer there is a message ‚‚Error loading operating system‚‚ which I have to remove by restarting my computer.
Some unusual noise comes from that HDD when it freezes and when it starts. Like scratching or smth like that.


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09 Oct 2011   #2
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

No, there won't be any problem reinstalling Windows once you have replaced the harddrive. And yep...the current one is definitely dying - all the symptoms of a headcrash that's already happened.

Also read this for more tips: Reinstalling Windows 7

Good luck :)
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09 Oct 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can download and run the WD diagnostic utility to confirm your suspicions:

WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

I'd get my data backed up immediately if you have not already done so.
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09 Oct 2011   #4
saketis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I did all the diagnostics you suggested and there is no error reported. Everything is fine.
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09 Oct 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It may be easier to make images of your current partitions and transfer those to the new HDD.

A little tip: If the HDD really blocks, take it out and put it into the fridge for a couple of hours. Then put it back. Chances are high that it will work again - at least for enough time to make the images. That trick has also worked for defunct USB sticks.
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09 Oct 2011   #6
saketis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

It is not blocking that hard, I am using it now. It blocks sometimes in interval of 5 to 10 minutes. I am pretty sure it is not virus nor some software because I installed this OS a month ago. I did all diagnostics and every test passed. Also I hear some noisy fan that stops being noisy after boot. It started happening 7-8 days ago. I have another HDDs that are working normally and this one makes noise like two metal surfaces on each other moving .
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09 Oct 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think it would be prudent to move your OS to another disk. Metal noise is not very inspiring.

Maybe you use the opportunity to move your OS to a small SSD. Would make your system a lot faster: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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