Fiancee's laptop HDD is Near Death!

March 21, 2011 at 21:26:22
Specs: Windows Vista
So my fiancee has a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 laptop, and it appears she is near the end of her hard drive's life. It's making that infamous "I'm going to die soon" sound, so I told her to order a new HD from Amazon to be prepared. Problem is, she has no idea where she put the start-up software that came with her laptop.

My question is, what is the cheapest and best way to acquire the software if we don't find it? Thanks in advance.

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March 21, 2011 at 21:58:12
The best method is to clone the old hard drive to the new.

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March 22, 2011 at 17:18:27
Laptops are not as easy to clone as a desktop. Still there are ways to save an image of the hard drive to some other area. That may be the way to go. Might try G4U to save off to a ftp or try clonezilla or buy acronis or other clone app.

Hard drive makers offer software but you can't easily connect two drives to a laptop.

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March 22, 2011 at 22:09:08
I mention cloning because if successful you would not have to reinstall software. Of course it would be best to do a fresh install on a new drive,

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April 2, 2011 at 10:21:05
Thanks for your input, everyone. I bought a new HDD, a 320GB SATA w/ 5400 RPM. I cloned the old HDD by putting the new HDD in an enclosure and using HDClone.

Everything worked great, however, the new HDD seems to be making too much noise. It isn't making that same terrible sound as the old one, but I know it shouldn't be making much noise.

I unscrewed the single screw necessary to remove the HDD, pulled it back out, and everything seems to be in order. Any suggestions on getting it to quiet down?

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April 2, 2011 at 10:37:51
Your clone is probably a raw image. An exact clone made on a failing hard drive will copy all the errors of the old over. I recommend you give the hard drive a good defrag, and let it aline things on the new goods tracks. Cloning a good drive to another drive is usually flawless, but in your case the drive was having issues. Check and make sure it is the hard disk causing the noise, they all make a little noise.

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