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Failing Drive, advice please.

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by DampDog, 8 Dec 2020.

  1. DampDog

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Oct 2010

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    Location: North Staffs

    My ole system is nigh on 10 years old and beginning to show its age. I switched on last evening to be met with a blue screen and it running a check on drive D: It eventually booted and I ran error check from within windows and then chkdsk and both confirmed I have some unreadable addresses.

    C: = 250Gig Samsung SSD
    D: = 1Tb Samsung HDD (partitioned D, E)

    So fortunately the failing the drive is not the boot drive, it's a 1Tb that is partitioned D, files I don't use much: I have backups) & E: (windows backup/recovery files : Not backed up)

    So what is the easiest most pain free way to replace it and not screw everything up. No doubt I have a few odds and sods/old apps on D: that I've forgotten about.

    Is it as easy as remove the old drive and replace it? I'm thinking I may not bother partitioning it and leave it as a 1Tb D: this time.

    Or is it bite the bullet and clean install?

    Edit. System booted up this morning without issue.
     
    Last edited: 8 Dec 2020
  2. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: 19 May 2012

    Posts: 12,306

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Buy another drive that's at least as large

    Install new drive alongside current drives

    Install Macrium reflect (or create a bootable macrium reflect USB) and then clone the existing drive to the new drive, then shutdown and disconnect the old drive.

    The new drive should then still have the existing D and E partitions, and everything should work correctly
     
  3. DampDog

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    @Armageus.

    Cheers for that you're a star. :)
     
  4. DampDog

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    Just as a thought. If I chose to install separate drives for D: E: instead of a single partitioned, drive can Macrium do that?
     
  5. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: 19 May 2012

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    Yes I'm pretty sure you can copy individual partitions to new drives (and expand them to fill the new drive)
     
  6. DampDog

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    Joined: 19 Oct 2010

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    Nice one. Overclockers is only just up the road from me, I'll pick up a drive later. Thanks again.