Concerning Hard drives

March 2, 2011 at 09:14:21
Specs: Windows Vista, T3200@2.0 GHz/2.0 GB Ram
My current harddrive is showing to be only working at 53%, and seems to be dying. It is loaded with Vista Home Prem, and I have another harddrive that I want to install, but it is loaded with XP Pro. Can I install the second HD with a different OS and still have it work correctly till I can move some info over to it off of the dying hard drive?


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March 2, 2011 at 09:23:52
What do you mean by only working at 53%? Explain, 53% of what?

If the XP Pro on the other hard disk was installed on another computer it will not work on any other unless the hardware of both computers is identical.

You would be better installing the second hard drive as backup device, copying the data you need and sorting out whatever the problem is with the Vista drive.

Whatever you do, if you want to use Windows XP you are going to need a Windows XP installation disk. Do you have one?


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March 2, 2011 at 09:44:00
Yes, I have XP Pro OS software. I am running DTweak 5.0.9 GD software, and it is monitoring my current hard drive and it says the Health Status is at 52% and Performance is running at 92%. Total workdays is 1129 days and the temp of this HD is 98°.

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March 2, 2011 at 10:19:38
I would not take a whole lot of notice of DTweak. It is monitoring SMART status and which is notoriously inaccurate. I have had a a hard disk running for months after SMART has been predicting imminent failure. SMART is only a very rough guide.

If you have any doubt about the state of your hard drive then download the Diagnostic software from the drive manufacture. That will give you the definitive answer as to the state of the hard disk. If everything is working fine leave it. Just make sure you have backups of your important data, something you should be doing even with a brand new system. Hard disks can fail without warning regardless of any monitoring software.

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March 2, 2011 at 10:32:23
Thank you for your insight and honesty.


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