Solved OEM version of Vista, hard drive failing transfer data?

Acer / Aspire 5742z
August 9, 2012 at 14:39:16
Specs: Windows Vista, T3400 2.16GHz / 2.00GB
My mother has a Samsung NP-R519, OEM version of windows Vista. She's a light user and about a week ago the hard drive started ticking and it popped up that the HD was failing and needed to be replaced, she pressed don't show this message again by a mistake. Now the HD is a lot louder and won't last much longer.

I've rooted around my house and found a 250GB replacement that is new and has Ubuntu on it. I'm willing to format the drive and give it her as a replacement.

The current HD has a 13GB recovery partition, (C) is 110GB with 65GB free and the (D) partition is 110GB and is empty.

So how do I transfer the recovery partition and (C) partition to the new hard drive? Her HD is NTFS so should I format the new drive to NTFS?

I also have a 2TB external drive maybe I could use that?

Does the replacement HD need to be same name as old HD? The HD in the laptop is a Seagate but the one I want to put in is a Hitachi!


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#1
August 9, 2012 at 15:21:34
"OEM version of windows Vista"
Does she have the CD.

Does she want to save her personnel info, including emails & address book, or are they already backed up?


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#2
August 9, 2012 at 15:25:05
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drive manufacturer won't make a difference.

what you will want to do is get a usb drive enclosure for the replacement drive.
connect it to the samsung and do a clone of the failing drive to the new one.

given you have two partitions you may want to clone the first partition and then clone the second partition and then expand it to use the rest of the drive space.

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#3
August 9, 2012 at 16:28:31
To: JohnW

No she has no cd that came with the laptop. There is nothing on the laptop she needs I have her pictures etc backed up to my 2TB external drive.

To: wanderer

I have one of them I think. It's a thing I can connect to a 2.5 sata drive then connect the usb to the HD and connect the other two USB's ends to laptop. Is that the device you're talking about?

What software would be the best to use to clone the drive?


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#4
August 9, 2012 at 16:39:01
"What software would be the best to use to clone the drive?"

I use XXCLONE
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://xxclone.com/


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#5
August 9, 2012 at 16:42:29
"I'm willing to format the drive and give it her as a replacement"

Make sure you delete all partitions & then format to NTFS.

Then partition as required.


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#6
August 10, 2012 at 08:36:08
Kind of depends no how you need to access the recovery partition.
I'd dd the partition to the new drive under linux or use partimage. But you need to know how to access the data. You should be able to boot to a live linux cd and see that partition and even change it if hidden or what to know what that data is. There may be ways to create dvd'd too from the current windows.

You want to keep the hidden or recovery partition pretty much the way it is. Same size and same position.

A second way is to simply clone the drive with dd. Then you may have to fix the ntfs since you are going from smaller to larger it shouldn't care. dd or clonezilla would work. I use g4u a lot. Simple but really a dd over gzip.

I have never fooled with formatting. If you used some odd block size in ubuntu then you should fix it then install/clone.

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#7
August 10, 2012 at 10:51:27
That does sound like the right usb enclosure for the drive.

To be clear you do not format when cloning.
You will have no issues with ntfs due to drive size difference.

Problem with doing one clone of the drive vs what I suggested of doing partition cloning is with a drive clone you can't control the last partitions expansion into the larger drives remaining space.

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#8
August 17, 2012 at 14:30:05
Just in case anyone else is having same problem I used Seagate DiscWizard. Very simple to use.

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