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June 19, 2013 9:24:30 AM

My computer sometimes starts booting up and it says 'A disk read error. press ctrl+alt+del' I press them and it boots up normally, so I'm sure any of these days it might not boot up since the HDD might give out soon. So I'm going to buy a 500GB Seagate barracuda for a cheap 30$ (I have a 2.5" western digital green 320GB) My question is that IF I can somehow clone exactly what the 320GB has, to the 500GB without having to install a new windows and drivers etc., to save me the time.

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Western Digital Green 320GB

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June 19, 2013 9:32:27 AM

Yes, goto the Seagate website and download the disk toolkit and that has a clone function
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June 19, 2013 9:44:53 AM

sizzling said:
Yes, goto the Seagate website and download the disk toolkit and that has a clone function


So after I do the cloning, would I simply be able to pop in the new 500GB and boot my computer as if it was the 320GB?
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June 19, 2013 9:53:15 AM

Cesarb12 said:
sizzling said:
Yes, goto the Seagate website and download the disk toolkit and that has a clone function


So after I do the cloning, would I simply be able to pop in the new 500GB and boot my computer as if it was the 320GB?


In theory, yes. So long as the problem with the older drive is purely mechanical.

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June 19, 2013 9:57:38 AM

Alrigh, thank you Zooshooter!
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June 19, 2013 10:06:41 AM

As long as you do NOT clone the Disk read error. Normally a "cloning/copying" program will identify a file that it does not read correctly.

you will either end up with a 320 or 500 gig OS partition depending on the "cloning" app. Some programs auto resize the target to fill the disk. Either way, you can use disk management to either shrink or expand the OS Partition.
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June 19, 2013 10:51:29 AM

RetiredChief said:
As long as you do NOT clone the Disk read error. Normally a "cloning/copying" program will identify a file that it does not read correctly.

you will either end up with a 320 or 500 gig OS partition depending on the "cloning" app. Some programs auto resize the target to fill the disk. Either way, you can use disk management to either shrink or expand the OS Partition.


Wait, so then how do I remove the disk read error? Would the Seagate diskwizard work and remove the disk read error? or would I have to find it manually somehow?
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June 19, 2013 10:55:54 AM

Cesarb12 said:
RetiredChief said:
As long as you do NOT clone the Disk read error. Normally a "cloning/copying" program will identify a file that it does not read correctly.

you will either end up with a 320 or 500 gig OS partition depending on the "cloning" app. Some programs auto resize the target to fill the disk. Either way, you can use disk management to either shrink or expand the OS Partition.


Wait, so then how do I remove the disk read error? Would the Seagate diskwizard work and remove the disk read error? or would I have to find it manually somehow?


It depends on if the error is due to mechanical failure or an inherent flaw in the data recorded on the drive platter. If your hard drive makes clicking noises at regularly repeated intervals before you get the error then there's a good chance it's just a mechanical error.
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June 19, 2013 11:04:29 AM

It depends on if the error is due to mechanical failure or an inherent flaw in the data recorded on the drive platter. If your hard drive makes clicking noises at regularly repeated intervals before you get the error then there's a good chance it's just a mechanical error.
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Well, as far as I remember, I haven't heard any noises, but then again it has always been a rather very silent drive and I haven't thought of being near it when the disk read error appears ot listen. If it's not a mechanical failure, and a flaw in the data, should I still clone it or how might I fix that error that sometimes appears?
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June 19, 2013 12:47:59 PM

Well, as far as I remember, I haven't heard any noises, but then again it has always been a rather very silent drive and I haven't thought of being near it when the disk read error appears ot listen. If it's not a mechanical failure, and a flaw in the data, should I still clone it or how might I fix that error that sometimes appears?

That's a lot more tricky. It can be difficult to track down a specific error in data without knowing what may have caused it, e.g. the events from the previous week or two, perhaps more, relating to the usage of the computer. You could try running Checkdisk, I do this a lot at work and it sometimes fixes the problems I run across. The thing with Checkdisk is that it may need to be run multiple times and if the hard drive is anything close to half full it can take an hour or more per run. It is by no means a cure-all but it can be a good place to start.
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June 19, 2013 1:18:11 PM

Zooshooter said:
Well, as far as I remember, I haven't heard any noises, but then again it has always been a rather very silent drive and I haven't thought of being near it when the disk read error appears ot listen. If it's not a mechanical failure, and a flaw in the data, should I still clone it or how might I fix that error that sometimes appears?

That's a lot more tricky. It can be difficult to track down a specific error in data without knowing what may have caused it, e.g. the events from the previous week or two, perhaps more, relating to the usage of the computer. You could try running Checkdisk, I do this a lot at work and it sometimes fixes the problems I run across. The thing with Checkdisk is that it may need to be run multiple times and if the hard drive is anything close to half full it can take an hour or more per run. It is by no means a cure-all but it can be a good place to start.


Alright, I guess I'll do the check disk a couple times and hope for the best. Then when my other HDD comes in I could clone it and hope no bad files are passed over.
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