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The question is obsolete for me, as my laptop completely died, but I'll leave it open for the discussion
Answer by Duodave · May 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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.
Answer by HerpDerp · May 23, 2011 at 01:22 PM
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.
Answer by timonline · Jul 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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
HDD vs SDD
Thought this video was an informational video explaining the differences between both http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrnvKhWPz2Y&feature=em-subs_digest
Answer by jadtechnic · Jul 13, 2012 at 09:56 AM
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 ..
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Jul 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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.