Failing Hard Drive

  Legslip 23:15 03 Apr 2011

I have a friend with a Dell Inspiron 1300 that I think the HD is on the way out (started to occasionaly rumble). If I get a replacement HD, is there a way of copying over all the existing HD data so that I can just plug it in and getting it working rather than re-installing Windows and all the other paraphanalia which makes it a long winded job?

  woodchip 23:28 03 Apr 2011

If its a Desktop, Fit the drive inside or just lay it in the bottom on some card to insulate it from chassis, then use this to clone the original drive to the new one click here then change them over with the power switched of at the wall plug

Looking at it in Google, its a Notebook so you need a external caddy to fit the new drive in. You need to check what type of drive the old one is then buy a Caddy and drive of the same configuration Sata or IDE

  Legslip 09:05 04 Apr 2011

Thanks Woodchip. Will this version do the job?

XXCLONE Freeware Package (for personal use only)

No sign up necessary.
Supports the basic XXCLONE features.
Download now

And yes, it is a Notebook. Can you recomend any HD testing freeware?

  Diemmess 10:06 04 Apr 2011

A rumble noise can be caused by a cooling fan which has a dry or unhappy bearing causing chatter or rumble.

Also a doubt that if the HD bearing is rumbling, then it may not run well enough even to function at all.

  woodchip 18:16 04 Apr 2011

If the PC is not crashing or freezing, it may be something else other than the hard drive. But Hard Drive bearings do rumble when they are on the way out

  Legslip 08:45 05 Apr 2011

I have downloaded the Fujitsu HD test utility, FJDT.exe. I think it needs to run from boot-up. Any guidance on how to do this?

  timsmith259 10:05 05 Apr 2011

if you got an external drive just copy and paste the files until you buy a proper hardrive

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