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Help my hard drive is dying

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Adrenochrome, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Adrenochrome

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    My hard drive is dying on me :(

    It keeps clicking and the pc freezes whilst it does this so i have been told my hd is on the way out :thumbsdow

    As it is only 4-5 months old i shall be getting a replacement on Monday.

    When my replacement arrives i need to basically copy everything files,emails,list of favourites the lot from my original hd to the new one. :(

    How do i do this :confused: Can anyone please help me.

    Also once i have managed to do this i then need to completely erase all data from my original hd as there are bank details business data etc on it that i wouldn't like anyone else to get a hold of. Yes you've guessed i don't know how to do this either :blush:

    Thanks in advance

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  2. KraGorn

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    Are you getting the same type and size? If so then IMHO your best option is to buy Partition Magic and do a disk copy, this will copy the old disk to the new block by block, making an exact copy, which will boot as if nothing had changed .. hopefully. :)

    As for dealing with the old disk .. a 6" nail is the best idea .. no, seriously, I mean it, destroy it physically, it's not like it's going to be useful. While there are tools that 'securely delete' data if you damage the disk beyond use whatever data it contained is useless.
     
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    parition magic you have to pay for.

    I would use this:

    www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    download it burn it on to CD and it will have all the utilities you need.

    As for driving a 6" nail through it .. it is probably the best way .... but I am guessing you need to return the broken HD. Again the ultimate boot cd has utils to nuke your HD.
     
  4. Adrenochrome

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    Until such times as the drive arrives i won't know if it is the same make and size.

    I Cannot do the 6"nail thing as the shop want it back to send back to thier supplier. :(

    Just as an aside i meant to say that everytime i boot the pc it goes into chdisk it then gives 5 or 6 digit numbers and says unreadable all the way through the check.

    I trust this does in fact mean the hd is fubar?

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  5. Adrenochrome

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    When i went to that site it says this


    For those of you interested in a Windows version of the Ultimate Boot CD, you might want to check out this project initiated by Ben Burrows.

    Does this mean the page linked to isn't for windows then :confused:

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  6. KraGorn

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    If it happens every time then yes, it's pretty sick.

    Well, if you can't destroy it then one tool I use for secure deleting is BCWipe, you can get a full evaluation version which should do for what you need.

    The link Hoyin gave you appears to be for a bootable DOS CD, it doesn't matter it's not Windows, what you're after are the tools it contains .. I've not come across that toolkit before, it looks pretty comprehensive.
     
  7. Adrenochrome

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    Thanks guys :thumbsup:

    Watch this space on Monday though :lease: :D

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  8. KraGorn

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    Do you have a CD/DVD burner? If so I'd try to save your vital files ASAP. If you don't I'd suggest you get one. :)
     
  9. Steve.J.Davies

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    I second (and third) Kragorns advice - back up what you can now!!

    Care to share the make and model of the disk that went kerbluie ?
     
  10. Adrenochrome

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    I Do have a burner but the pc shall be switched off tonight and not back on again until Sunday/Monday so i don't want to overwork it just in case.

    I Am off out just now but shall let you know the make and model when i get back.

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    Yeah sorry that one is for Linux.

    The PC version is:

    http://www.ubcd4win.com/

    It is great works really really well.

    No PC user should be without one.

    Everything you talk about doing .. checking your HD, trying to repair it, backing it up and then wiping it; This CD has all the utils required to do it and is FREE!
     
  12. Adrenochrome

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    Maybe i am being uber thick here but i cannot see a download button for this :confused:

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    The menu on the left hand side has a Downloads button!

    Dave
     
  14. Adrenochrome

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    :blush: Got there eventually

    But i still don't know which utility to use to copy my data from my dying hd to my new one :confused: help :lease:
     
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    I like Acronis Trueimage. No messing around in dos required
     
  16. Adrenochrome

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    Unfortunately that utility isn't on the disk :(
     

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