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My laptop's 254gb Seagate hdd is making clicking and scratching noises in my Compaq presario cq60, i am debating how i should replace it, i can get another hdd for cheap or get a ssd for double the price of my original laptop and have it last a little longer, another problem is i want to copy the entire hdd, its partitions and windows and program files etc, etc i cannot afford to loose my programs and windows and hours of modding the registry and features, i have heard of norton ghost but, i wanna keep the partitions the same and keep the recovery partition any help would be greatly appreciated.

The question is obsolete for me, as my laptop completely died, but I'll leave it open for the discussion

asked May 22 '11 at 18:43

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edited Jun 20 '12 at 22:07

Moving Windows from a HD to a SSD just makes errors.

You need to do a fresh install of Windows onto your SSD if you where getting one.

answered May 22 '11 at 18:52

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If you move to a SSD, have a frequent backup plan. The reliability of SSD is still out there. If your hard disk starts to have errors you sometimes just lose a few files and have an idea you can get it replaced. An SSD will die suddenly, catastrophically, without warning.

I don't think SSD is there yet.

answered May 23 '11 at 10:47

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Someone else said that an SSD can die suddenly and without warning, while this is true, it really shouldn't happen. It would be smart to defend against that by getting an SSD AND an HDD. Keep Windows on the SSD and keep your files on the HDD.

answered May 23 '11 at 12:22

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I would just buy another HDD.

answered May 22 '11 at 18:59

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Billy Aoki

If you know anything then you know the speed of an SSD over a HDD is huge! If you can afford it then buy and SSD and do a clean install of Windows onto it.

answered May 23 '11 at 05:31

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The question here is Speed vs Volume. Grated there are other reasons for an SSD then just speed. and there are other reasons for a HDD other then volume, but those two are what speaks the loudest.

answered Jun 20 '12 at 21:32

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Can you elaborate what you mean by "completely died"? If you created a new question for it, share the link so I can do my best to help you recover your data (if possible)

This my answer assuming your laptop was still operational

I would recommend using Acronis True Image to take a snapshot of your hard disk with the partitions, filesystem structure, and data.

When you are satisfied with that image remove your damaged old HDD and insert your new one (HDD or SSD) and use the Acronis boot CD to unpack and migrate the image onto the new hard disk

If the image was clean, the backup was successful, and the restore went off without any issues then PRESTO you will have a running windows environment and continue your digital experience as if nothing happened.

I have done this process more times than I care to admit but it gets easier once you get used to the flow


Thought this video was an informational video explaining the differences between both http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrnvKhWPz2Y&feature=em-subs_digest

answered Jul 12 '12 at 22:29

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edited Jul 12 '12 at 22:39

I got my important files and stuff off, I need to fix Windows's files, It hangs at boot, not really important at this point but easy way to replace c:windows without losing product key and formatting the HDD, as it hangs at start up and the last file which successfully loads is disk.sys

(Jul 12 '12 at 22:43) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Did you try doing a repair install of windows 7 from the DVD? If so, does the same problem arise?

(Jul 12 '12 at 22:46) timonline timonline's gravatar image

Detected no problems, with start up repair.

(Jul 12 '12 at 22:54) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Well is there a way to go into safe mode with network? If you want, I can take a look at the system remotely and run some diagnostics

(Jul 12 '12 at 22:57) timonline timonline's gravatar image

Safe mode won't boot, i forget which it is but I get it to display which files are loaded, and disk.sys is the last one before it hangs.

(Jul 12 '12 at 23:02) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

the SSD will be a bit of a disappointment if its your only drive on a windows machine, though sdd is fast it is slow the speed is not comparable to HDD in any way ( no true way to compair the 2 )

do a really good search on the web and read the Real user complaints about SSD before you take the hype about it as word :)

there is no compairing RPM speed to SSD what so ever it is best compaired to Ram in many ways, sdd drive is best used for libraries of data that will be little deleted such as music libraries , some say also used as the drive for the OS how ever if you use it to boot be mindful the boot up from sdd is painfully slow compaired to mechanical drive ..

sdd is fast and greayt for reading and finding data on a system that is already up and running HDD the data is right there on the magnetic disk ready to read the faster the spin up time the faster info returns but is always ready SSD how ever requires being powered before there is much to read from the same as a flash drive ..

ssd works best with machines that never shut off go by the name of instant on , they are always powered simply resume from where they left off last ..

answered Jul 13 '12 at 08:56

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edited Jul 14 '12 at 22:59

I think HDDs are on their way out. Maybe not in the next few years but shortly after. The reason is production costs. They have a thick aluminum casing to deal with the heat generated by the moving parts. They have very high quality ceramic core platters and the titanium spindle, spacers and bushings that support them may alone cost as much to produce as an entire SDD. R&D is likely to be the reason for the current price and volume of SDDs.

An SDD backed up on a HDD is growing in popularity. There are some monster gaming rigs that have 2 SDDs in a raid configuration that keeps a current copy of the OS on both disks in case one fails. There are a lot solutions for putting them into practical use. When the R&D removes the SDDs major shortcomings it is likely to be the fastest, most cost effective and energy efficient storage device there is. SDDs are definitely a good thing. This is one of the few things I'm really confident about; they will win in the long run.

answered Jul 13 '12 at 10:15

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in reality HDD will never be out until they come up with something close to comparable for mass storage ..

Your never going to see SDD reliably holding several TB of data its not reliable with a few hundred GB..

HDD will never be out how ever cloud computing in the near future is going to make them less nessary for the average user and no standard device will com with anything more then a small flash drive that does nothing more but run the OS kernel and a brower desk top like your smart phone aps and files all stored on line desk top environment too ..

one of the reasons being that the trend for devices is moblie and small storage needs are massive how ever more storage requires lager hard ware of a cloud location :)

on top of that companies are tired of losing money to pirating so data will no longer be owned just a payper use right application music video all the same ..

most new devices made today are not even upgradeable they are disposable if they break or quit working this soon will come to include ultrabooks..

don't believe me chaeck even your new costly Ipads and they are glued together ..

(Jul 13 '12 at 10:38) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

Smart phones are pushing electronics these days. With them a lot of rubber meets the road with making devices smaller, faster, more powerful and more productive. More recently the expense is a reflection of R&D. This makes the HDD an odd ball out. The added expense of the bandwidth associated with cloud like cloud computing itself isn't going to go away. You always have to follow the money. The developers believe in static memory. They're pushing it. Anything that resembles an analog device you can pretty much kiss goodbye.

(Jul 13 '12 at 12:01) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

YUP this is for sure the cost for bandwith isnt going away , smart phone and tablets are leading the way with out a doubt , these devices use cloud computing divices , even ringtones can be stored on cloud server now no need to use up the limited space the phones come with ..

(Jul 13 '12 at 19:29) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

The cloud isn't near as popular as the app store.

(Jul 13 '12 at 19:40) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

ap store is required cloud is very popular unless you are saying no one is using google on there phone no one is using gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, instagram, twitter, picasa, skype , foursquare, google + google play , and host of other service of the same nature these are all cloud services .. some to can be used from yout laptop as well but bottom line these are concidered mobile devices that are getting more mobile as well let us not forget digital phone VOIP this to is a cloud service in may cases can go with us too now we can take our home number on the road world wide ..

many of the new cars coming to are going to be in more and more ways dependent on smart phone and cloud services , from diagnoses , onstar GPS, coud service not only can cost some more tsome like onstar can also save money to on items like insurance. a goosd amount of postal mail to now is a cloud service too other then package service, banking lots of bank are offering free and cut rate charges for using online CLoud banking many companys will give you a break to receive email billing and get paid online too..

(Jul 13 '12 at 20:57) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

Local storage is still on the increase all the way around.

(Jul 13 '12 at 22:01) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image
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SSD FTW! Yep, I said it.

answered Jul 14 '12 at 11:01

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