View Full Version : HDD Failing

24-09-2012, 12:40 AM
So after 3 years of hard usage (around 214 days total it tells me) my Samsung internal HDD is dying. At least it has the grace to do it slowly so I can remove stuff I need, including not having to redownload my Steam library.

The questions are twofold.

1) I'm looking at a 2TB upgrade, would we say Western Digital or Seagate is most recommended?

2) I will be attempting to install the new one myself. Is it possible to simply connect the new one, transfer all the stuff from the dying one to the new hdd and then remove the old one? Do I shave to insatall Windows again on the new one? On a scale of 1 - 10 (1 being easy, 10 being enjoying GISH) how difficult is it to format a new drive?

Why am I so terrible at this?

24-09-2012, 01:10 AM
1) I would say WD. Not like Seagate is bad though. May be better to look at the prices and reviews for the particular drives.

2) I would connect the new HDD, disconnect the old one (just disconnect the cables) and install Windows on the new HDD. Then shut down, connect the old drive, and transfer your files. It shouldn't be hard to format the new drive. You just reboot the computer and press a key to either enter BIOS and setup the boot order or to enter the boot menu directly. BIOS is often Del or F2, boot menu is often F10/11/12. Then boot from your Windows CD and let it do its magic.

24-09-2012, 06:13 PM
The Windows installer should come with formatting and partitioning tools. You can probably just keep clicking "next" and it'll do everything - I certainly had no trouble installing Windows from scratch on a new HD recently.

Also, are we talking laptop or normal pc? Things might be a bit more difficult if it's a laptop (i.e. probably lacking 2 HDD slots!).

24-09-2012, 08:26 PM
1) Either brand is good if you buy the right model. After the recession hit, both WD and Seagate have been releasing so called "high end" models that have the same brand name as the existing high end models but with cut down specs that affect longevity and performance.

2) Clone the hard disk using TrueImage (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/). Cloning will preserve your windows install. This is dead easy, explained here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj7iMAgji0I).
EDIT: the explanation video might be too nerdy for you guys. Here's a more straightforward one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wu95L0LHW4)