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New Hard Drive Replacement won't boot on its own after hard drive transfer

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July 19, 2014 6:19:59 PM

I recently got a new Western Digital Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive to replace my old 500 GB Seagate Hard Drive.I initialized it, formatted it, then I transferred everything over to the new hard drive. I shut down the computer, unplugged my old hard drive, set everything up on the BIOS boot menu. And now I get "Reboot and Select proper Boot device...". I checked the HP diagnostic tool and the hard drive got a error code BIOHD-2. I've been at this for 3 hours and I desperately need help.

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July 19, 2014 6:22:38 PM

How did you transfer the files? If you drag and dropped then IT WON'T work.
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July 19, 2014 6:23:06 PM

How did you 'transfer everything' ?
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July 19, 2014 6:25:34 PM

Yikes! So I guess it isn't as simple as drag and drop is it?
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July 19, 2014 6:27:59 PM

Tylerds1 said:
Yikes! So I guess it isn't as simple as drag and drop is it?


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No, not even a little bit.
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July 19, 2014 6:28:43 PM

Does the original drive still exist with the original OS?
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July 19, 2014 6:29:48 PM

Yes
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July 19, 2014 6:32:34 PM

OK....put it back in, disconnect the new drive, and verify that it actually boots from the old system

If it does, then we can proceed.
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July 19, 2014 6:39:58 PM

Thanks guy's I'll give it a try if I have problems I'll let you know.
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July 22, 2014 4:50:38 PM

So I tried cloning the Hard Drive like ThatVietGuy said and I encountered errors during the cloning. So I'm just going to suck it up wipe the new hard drive and do a clean OS install. But thanks for the help guys I appreciate it.
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July 22, 2014 7:04:25 PM

Why not use drive cloning tool?
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July 22, 2014 7:19:09 PM

Kyrene565 said:
Why not use drive cloning tool?


He tried that eventually. It failed.
The various cloning tools are not always 100%.
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July 22, 2014 8:37:02 PM

Maybe OP just needs more patience. MAYBE a different cloning tool.

If you don't have it yet, get Acronis True Image WD Edition free from the WD website. It includes cloning, but only to a WD-made HDD, which is what you have.

I had to clone a HDD that gave out bad SMART messages. During the cloning, I kept getting messages from the software that it had encountered an error reading the Source unit. I simply chose the response to keep on working and ignore the error. After a LOT of these I chose instead to tell it to ignore ALL errors and keep on working until it finished. So it did. Thus, the cloned copy MIGHT have some bad data in a few places, but the clone did get made.

That clone on a new HDD has been working flawlessly for a few years now. If it got any errors, it was not in important files. In fact, the errors might all have been in places not even in use by any file.

My point is, with the right cloning software you have the options to ignore an error and continue, and maybe even to use one command to ignore all errors and clone whatever it can.
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July 22, 2014 8:49:55 PM

And my point is: why port known errors on to a new drive? If during the process it is coughing up errors, why continue? Why bring that over to the new drive? It may be inconsequential files, or it might be something critical that doesn't appear for two weeks.

Patience? No. Either it works the first time, or wipe and reinstall.
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July 24, 2014 7:52:40 AM

OK, what USAFRet says is true - more cautious, but a very good way to avoid the risk of copying errors. If OP is willing to do a complete re-install (says he / she is), this will work well. In fact, since the old HDD is still working and you CAN successfully copy "everything" from it, you should lose nothing. When you use the Copy operation, it will not copy any Bad Sectors, so that's how you avoid unrecognised errors.

Remove the old HDD so only the new one is installed, then do the fresh Install on it, then Install all your application software on it. Yes, you must Install those, not just copy the old apps from the old HDD, so the new Registry has required info on all those apps. Then you re-install the old HDD temporarily and copy all your old data files over. Un-install the old HDD and set it aside in a safe place just in case you forgot something.

AFTER you have your machine working well and are completely satisfied that you have all your old files copied over you can decide what to do with the old unit. Some would just throw it out on the argument that it is old and has shown some errors, so more are coming soon. Alternatively, you can download and use a set of HDD diagnostic utilities from Seagate, the makers of your old HDD - they are called Seatools. Install them on your machine, re-install the old HDD, and run the tests to determine just how much is wrong on the old unit. If you decide only minor things are wrong and can be ignored, I suggest you use the Zero Fill utility on the OLD drive ONLY - make SURE which drive you fill! It will destroy ALL the contents of that unit! But it will also force an internal routine that tests and "corrects" (actually, replaces bad sectors with good spares) the drive so that it is almost like brand new and working well. That is, of course, IF the other tests have already told you there is not much wrong to fix. Once you do that, it is a new empty drive that will need to be Initialized so you can use it for data.

A final note: that Seatools utility package is not really suitable for use with HDD's NOT from Seagate. So if you do this and then decide the old HDD is junk so that you no longer have any Seagate HDD around, just un-install Seatools from your system.
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August 1, 2014 7:47:01 PM

Sorry for leaving this thread open. I just sucked it up and did a clean install of the operating system on the new hard drive and installed some of the old programs.Mods please close this thread.
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August 1, 2014 10:41:44 PM

Just make sure to choose a best answer.
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