blowed up!

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  1. James_Newman

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    My PC at work crashed today. Harddrive seems to have gone south. I hope there wasn't anything too important on there... But on the plus side, that means I get a fresh clean install of windows to start all over again with. There's no great loss without some small gain, as Laura's mom would say ;)
     
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    What caused it?

    Mike
     
  3. El_Guero

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    James Newman?

    :laugh:

     
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    Thats not funny! I don't know what happened. I was able to get most of my files off of it, but there are some things that just arent there any more.
     
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    I tho't you were a geek like me?

    ;)

     
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    On a related note, how does one install a new harddrive and easily copy the entire drive of the old HD onto the new drive?

    I just ordered a new HD today and I'm looking for a way to forgo having to do a complete OS reload.
     
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    The new drive should come with software that will allow you to copy the contents of the old drive to the new one.

    I've used the software and can say that sometimes it works. Sometimes, for reasons I couldn't determine, it didn't.

    It's worth a shot.
     
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    I have never received any software for that. I been cheated, who can I sue!!!!!!!
     
  9. James_Newman

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    Unless it was a retail box, I would be surprised if it came with any software at all. The best software I know of for the purpose would be Norton Ghost. It will allow you to directly copy the partition from one drive to the other, and resize it if you like. You could also just add the second drive and enjoy having even more space.
     
  10. Brother Randall

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    The hard drive I bought is an OEM version... meaning it doesn't come with anything (no pretty box, manual, instructions or s/w) like the retail version. But, that's ok. I went to the mfg website (Western Digital) and one can download the install instructions and setup software. :thumbsup:
     
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    Ghost is the best program to clone a hard drive. It is not free, though. It is, however, about the only thing Norton puts out that I use. Well, Norton didn't write it, they bought it... guess that's why it works right.

    The main thing is to be sure that you copy the MBR (master boot record) when you clone the drive. If you don't, you only have a backup, not a bootable drive.

    Installing the hard drive is very simple, even if your computer doesn't have an extra hard drive bay. Shut off the computer, unplug it. Remove the side panel, ground yourself by touching the power supply. Make sure that the jumper on the rear of the hard drive is set to either slave or cable select. Plug the second outlet of the hard drive cable into the new hard drive, and the second outlet of the hard drive's power cable (all of both of them have two). [If you have SATA instead of ATA, you will have to use another SATA cable, and plug it into the second socket on the motherboard.] Button the case back up, plug it back in, and boot. Immediately begin to hit the Delete key continuously until you get into the BIOS screen. I forget the name of the section, but nose arounf until you find the list of drives in your system, just to make sure the new drive is showing up. Save and exit BIOS. Once Windows is up and running, run Ghost and follow its directions.
     

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