Solved Replace Failing Hard Drive

Hewlett-packard Pavilion p6120f desktop
April 6, 2014 at 15:52:23
Specs: Windows 7 x64, e6300/8Ghz
Hi All
A few weeks ago I started seeing an error message on my DAW PC which warns that 'hard disc failure is eminent'.
I called tech support to inquire what kind of time frame is the eminent failure? They said 'hard to say... could be 2 days, 2 months or 2 years'.

I have since backed up all of my data and purchased a replacement hard drive.
Never having done this before, I watched some tutorial videos on hard drive removal/replacement (for my particular PC) and the process seems straight forward and doable.

I'm ready to do this, but have a little apprehension about potentially losing my stuff, especially my software, and having to go through the major hassle of resubmitting authorization codes, etc to get my software back to normal (all of my software is legal and legitimate).

Just wondering from those here who have done this, how did it go?
Is there anything I need to be aware of before I do it?

Thanks,
Matt


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#1
April 6, 2014 at 18:12:45
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As long as you back up your personal data and catch things before it gets too bad, you should be fine. Your new hard drive either included a CD with the cloning software or they will have a link for you to download it. Note that the cloning process does not do any harm to the original drive other than making it work a bit harder in reading the entire drive sector by sector. Once the cloning is complete, just swap out the drives and you should be all set. Understand that if there are significant errors on the original drive already, these errors will be copied over to the new drive. If this is the case or the drive fails before your copying is complete, you will then need to reinstall everything and then restore your data back up.

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#2
April 7, 2014 at 06:20:52
Thanks for the reply.
I have already done a backup.
I followed the prompts to backup my data that came along with the the error message for the hard drive.
There are 12 dvd's of backup data. I was under the impression that i would be removing the failing drive, installing the new drive and then loading each of the 12 dvd backups. And then all would be as it is now.

Is that not the case?


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#3
April 7, 2014 at 06:55:36
Your best bet would be buy an external hard drive enclosure, use clone s/w like Easus or Paragon to clone the old drive, then fit the drive from the usb drive into the pc.

IF its a laptop buy yourself an ssd drive, it will improve performance

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#4
April 7, 2014 at 07:08:00
Thanks Clive
It's a desk top.
I already purchased a drive to replace the failing one.
Cant I just use the backup dvd's?
I dont know the difference between that way and cloning.

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#5
April 7, 2014 at 09:00:34
I don't know what kind of backup you have made. With a clone or image of the drive, once done all drivers etc will be there & it should just boot up.
Everything will be as it was when you created the clone

http://www.whatsabyte.com/P1/Image_...

In fact, if you have space, fit the new drive in the pc, & clone to it there, it will be a lot quicker. Restoring a backup from dvds will be very time comsuming.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2029...

If you still have problems, as you have the dvds you can still restore from them.

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#6
April 7, 2014 at 10:22:23
I'll make the clone from the existing drive to the new one as you suggested. That way sounds best to me too. There is an available space for another drive. Thanks for links too.

EDIT:
I was just thinking...
Will the destination folders have to be changed since the existing, faulty drive is the C Drive (that where most of my projects are)? Will the new drive be the new C Drive? I hope that made sense.

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#7
April 7, 2014 at 11:18:24
Yes, indeed it did make sense. While you are cloning the drive the new drive will still be the 'D' drive, but once you remove the old drive and make the new, cloned drive the master drive, it will go back to being the 'C' drive. Drive letters aren't usually stored with file path data IIRC, the drive letter is just the drive letter and the path is laid out from the '/root' of the drive.

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#8
April 7, 2014 at 13:49:35
Agreed to all. Direct cloning is best. If the back up is in the form of an image of the hard drive, then yes, it will work but will take a long time. save it as your emergency and do the clone. If it is a normal back up, then it just contains your personal data and some of your preferences, so no, it will not do to restore the drive until you have installed Windows again and your programs. Again, a clone is better. Windows will consider what ever drive it is installed on as C drive and letter all other drives after that. If you had more than one version of Windows on different drives or partitions, all of the windows installations would consider its own drive as C drive while it was running and all others as different letters (confusing, but true). You may consider getting an external hard drive for regular back ups and since it is more convenient and easier, you will be able to do it regularly and save the DVD set as an ultimate back up copy. If your back up includes an image of the drive as well as the regular back up, you will be able to restore it to a new drive nearly as easily as the cloning you are about to do which may come in handy in the event of another major drive problem or infection.

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#9
April 9, 2014 at 06:23:56
Hi thanks for all of the suggestions and advice, very much appreciated!

After opening the case and removing the hard drive cage, I noticed that the new drive will require some wires to connect into the computer's wiring, that arent included with it.
Prior to starting, I purchased a Sata 2 data cable and was hoping the computer's power connection would fit, but it needs an adapter. I found both the Sata2 and the power adapter plug as one harness (KINGWIN Model SAC-04 - Newegg.com), so i'll return the one cable and order the harness.

Everything was going smooth otherwise. Vacuumed out some dust and it's nice and clean in there now. Will post back when the harness arrives. Thanks again.


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