How to move info/windows from imminent failing hdd

April 29, 2020 at 12:26:05
Specs: Windows 7
Have HP Pavilion Slimline s5-1204 w/windows 7. Want to keep it, how do i move the windows operating system AND all my information from the failing drive to a new one?
I want to be able to keep windows 7 and just get a new hard drive. How do I do this? What do I need?

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April 29, 2020 at 14:17:33
How hardware savvy are you? You have a few different options.

1. Buy a new HDD or SSD, install it, keep the original HDD connected, then use cloning software to copy everything from the original to the new drive. The possible downside is that any defects in the file structure will be copied to the new HDD.

2. Copy off as much as you can from the original HDD to CDs, DVDs, external HDD or USB flash drive(s). Remove the old HDD, install the new, then install Windows 7 from scratch. This will give you the best Windows installation but will require a lot more work. You will have to install all the drivers, update Windows, plus reinstall all your programs from scratch.

3. same as #2 except install Windows 10 instead. Win10 is still available from Microsoft for free & will activate using your HP Win7 product key.

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April 29, 2020 at 16:05:54
Most hard drive manufactures offer free software to clone your old drive onto a new drive as a download. I typically purchase Western Digital Drives and they offer the WD slightly limited version of Acronis, the only condition to using it is that at least one of your drives are Western Digital. Other manufactures probably have similar free downloads.

All three options laid out above are viable options unless your old drive is bad enough to have many errors or craps out before you get the drive cloned. To cover that issue, make a good back up of your important files IMMEDIATELY. If you have to wait for the new drive to come but have a good external drive, after backing up your files you can make an Image of the drive and later use that image to recreate the new drive.

I do recommend an SSD drive if it is practical. If you need a very large drive (larger SSD's are expensive still) and this is a desktop system you can use an SSD drive 256-500GB for Windows and your programs and a larger hard drive for the storage drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 29, 2020 at 18:41:21
Thank you for taking the time to provide both of those options. I am not really hardware savvy. I can get my way around if I have specific directions showing me the way. I really want to keep my windows 7, that's why I am looking for these options. I have already completed a complete back up of my important files and a total backup of my hard drive.
I'm leary as I don't know what will happen if I transfer everything over not really knowing what is 'wrong' with the hard drive i have right now.
I really DO NOT want to go to windows 10 if I can help it.
My old drive is still going, but I don't know how much longer I have. The error message pops up about every 5 or 10 minutes indicating there is an imminent it won't be long I would say. I'm hoping to get a 1 TB or 2 TB replacement to replace the bad drive if I can still go that route.
I'm not sure I understand how to do the Windows 7 install from scratch though...

I will look through the information and see where it takes me.


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May 6, 2020 at 05:25:53
Hi You can make a clone of your hard drive and migrate your computer data with os from another external hard drive. But you need to aware of the data loss situation too. You can try stellar data recovery professional it allows to clone the drive and migration and it can also recover deleted, formatted or data easily. Thanks

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