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Solved: Hard Drive Failing.... Must Save... Data

Q: Solved: Hard Drive Failing.... Must Save... Data

Anyways, I posted a while back about my click of death signaling my hard drive failing. Well, it finally crashed, and i haven't been able to use it for a month, until for some reason, today, it my laptop began to work. Point:

1) Bought new HD to replace failing one, I first am wondering how i can transfer my XP? For some reason, can't find anywhere to make a CD, (bootable diskette can be found everywhere) to boot and install XP. I do have an Operating Recovery CD Windows XP SP1 that came with my old destop, will this work?

2) I can back up all the data, but does that include drivers back up? For example, does this include software already installed, and will automatically work on the other hard drive (like a copy paste action?)

Basically replacing hard drive, any tips on the whole process would be great, Thanks a bunch.

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Preferred Solution: Solved: Hard Drive Failing.... Must Save... Data

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A:Windows says my hard drive is failing: Can I save it?

Seasons Greetings
Do not use that drive to store and important documents, it will fail. You may be able to postpone the inevitable by performing a scan disc. In step 4 check both boxes
Good luck
Disk Check
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A:Help me get data from failing hard drive

This may save your documents
Most warranties do not cover dropped computers, unless you purchased the special warranty that covers accidents.

There is no way of telling how software will react on a damaged hard drive etc.
Use hard drive as little as possible until recovery
As a last resort when the hard drive is dead and you did not get your doucments.
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Hey, Ben! What exactly do you have this hard drive plugged into? I'm a bit confused on that part. Is it an external enclosure or a dock? Or something else? The new laptop is displaying the message about "unknown address?" Is it a particular software that you're running showing that?
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Try running a Disk Check

If this fails sometimes what will work is How to Check File System? Partition Wizard Video Help.. I'd also run Video help on how to perform partition surface test with Partition Wizard..

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You sure it's not just a permission issue? Try How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP.  7 is pretty much the same. Just takes a lot more clicks.
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A:How do I take Vista off my old failing hard drive and move it to a new hard drive?

In spite of the physical damage you can still read the hard drive? Try cloning the drive or imaging the needed partitions. I use Macrium Reflect Free. Easeus Todo Backup is another free one, and there are lots more.

Am I able to install the repair disk on the new HDD and then use the product key on the underside of her computer to install Vista?Click to expand...

Only if the "repair disk" is a Vista installation DVD. Repair disks just include the Recovery Console programs (I probably don't have the correct term there) to fix issues with booting and startup, etc.
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A:[SOLVED] Hard drive data recovery

Take ownership of the drive or folder.
If you are having problems accessing a corrupted drive, try recovering your files with the free TestDisk Program, I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore your files to.,
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A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

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Is it an external hard drive?

Please connect it to your computer and see how it appears in Windows Disk Management.

Will help us give a focussed solution if you could upload a screenshot of the same.

[If the external disk appears as RAW, then

Download and install MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6 from Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Data lost ??

They aren't gone but something may have been corrupted

-press the windows key
-right click on "computer"
-click MANAGE
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A:Solved: Hard drive can't access data, may be corrupted

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A:Solved: Recovering data from a fried hard drive?

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A:Save RAW drive - Don't want data

Open Admin command prompt, then type:
diskpartlist disk ======> Take note of disk # of the RAW driveselect disk # ======> is the number in step 2cleanexit
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Error message displayed when inserting USB:

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A:USB drive needs formatting? How do I save my data?

Just for information, tell us: What all recovery programs did you run?

From the chkdsk operation you carried out, I see your drive appears RAW.

To confirm please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management - with your external drive connected.

If it does appear RAW,

Download , install and Run MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1.

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A:Possible failing hard drive?

You can perform the inbuilt HDD diagnostics by pressing F2 after turning it on. Additional info can be found here, regarding the performed tests and returned results.
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A:Failing Hard Drive???

Run chkdsk or some other hard drive utility.

And as always: sfc /scannow
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A:Is my hard drive failing??

That doesn't look good, esp with the 'ticking' sound. I'd run one of the tools found in this thread and see what they say, it is a little better test for failure than drive fitness. If you manage to pass that then I'd run some RAM tests. Only reason I'm suggesting that is because in my expierence if a HD is going to cause a BSOD or a system hang, you'll be able to tell by listening and or looking at the HDD activity light. Maybe you just haven't noticed because you didn't know what to look for, now you do
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A:Hard drive failing, what to do

First, back up everything. When you are done, I will give you advice, but the back up gets priority.

We can test the HardDrive, etc.

Here is a start, but back up, now
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The blue screen messages say:

From the way I looked it up everyone gets these and they could mean anything. I will post the minidump files in another post because right now it is not letting me put them in a ZIP folder cause it will tell me that there is no read permission. I will try it in safe mode.

A:I think my hard drive is failing. Not sure though.

Oh yeah. It might be helpful if I pointed out one time I was using it and the screen went off and the hard drive started beeping in sets of 4's like: "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" Could have been sets of 3's, but I am pretty sure it was 4's.
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BTW I am new to the forums so sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.

A:Hard Drive failing?

In Crystal Disk Mark, go to function/advanced feature/raw values and make sure raw values is set to 10 Dec. Then look at the raw values column again.

It may be failing, but what to do about it is another question. All electro-mechanical devices have a shorter remaining life today than they did yesterday.

You'll never know if it's failing at a fast rate and will not work within a week, or at a slow rate and might work for years.

You can keep an eye on that reallocated sector count to see if it moves up. That often happens.

Or you can give up on it immediately and replace the drive.

You have to consider how valuable the data on the drive is, whether you have backups, how critical it would be if it dropped dead immediately, your budget, etc, etc.

The easy thing to do is replace it now, but it might linger a long time and you can't make an accurate speculation about that.
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A:Failing DVR hard drive please help

I'm going to suggest also looking in the DirecTV forums on dbstalk
as there are knowledgeable people there when dealing with the DirecTV DVRs and receivers. Since you didn't say if it is a HD or SD DVR I can't be more specific as to which subforum.
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Good Luck
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Any thoughts?

A:Hard drive failing?

You might be well served to download Seagate's drive health software tools and check drive.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
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A:win 7 hard drive failing ?

You can't just copy files to a new hard drive to make Windows work again.

You can clone the drive by using some third party software however.
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A:Hard drive failing

Samsungs have a good reputation. You just got unlucky, as can happen with any brand.

Not sure what you mean by someone telling you that you should have "set up" the drive before installing the OS. There isn't much to do---just partition and format. You obviously did that or you could never have installed Windows on the drive.

Not sure what you are asking. If the Samsung is broken, get rid of it and go to Plan B, which I guess is to use the 1 TB Seagate as a boot drive. No problem with that.

All you have to do is decide how many partitions you want to put on it. You gotta have at least one. Many on this forum would tell you to use 2: the first for the OS and the second for data. With maybe 75 or 100 GB for the OS partition and the entire remainder for data.

Then decide what you are going to do about backup. The 500 gig Seagate may ultimately be too small for that purpose?

What exactly are your questions??????
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A:Hard drive failing?

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Do you think it is time for me to get a new hard drive and clone this one?

A:Failing Hard Drive?

Hard drives usually don't make screeching sounds...clicking sounds maybe so that sounds like a fan or possible a cpu more likely.
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A:Failing Hard Drive

Hard drive is failing, you're running chkdsk, and have no backup of it yet? Dude, you're brave.

'Clone' the failing HDD, ASAP.
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Thank you for your help.

A:Hard drive failing?

takes a long time to boot? try cleaning unnessery files such as temporary files. best software for that should be CCleaner which is free, also try defraging. use perfectdisk trial version its the best disk defragment utility that I'm aware of and you can download the trial version which has 30 days. just analyze the drive with that program and it'll tell you the necessary course of action. just follow its instruction and it should help with boottime and maybe some glitches. also try to disable as many startup programs as you can. be advised that a laptop hdd runs at about 5400rpm. compared to a desktop hdd which is usualy 7200 or 10000 rpm so don't expect the same results.


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A:Hard Drive Failing

If you used the built-in Win 7 program to create your system image, you should use the built-in program to create a repair disk. You can boot from the repair disk to restore the system image you created.

You actually don't need the Gateway Recovery discs, if you use them to recover your system it will be restored back to the way it was when it left the factory. The system image will restore your system back to the way it was the day you made the image.
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A:Hard Drive failing?

Yup, all three point to a faulty drive. You can get a replacement 160GB drive for $35 or for $40 you can move up to a 250GB drive with a faster spin rate of 7200 RPM and a larger 16MB cache: