Sick computer

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  1. ol' grouch

    ol' grouch Veteran Member

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    I've got a laptop running Windows 8. It started crashing every week or so. Then every few days. Then every day and then several times a day. My nephew is in IT security and him, along with a couple of local techs have said the hard drive is getting ready to head south. Does this sound right or is there a quirk with Windows 8?

    If I have to reinstall my Windows Office, can I unregister it and reregister it on the new hard drive as long as it's the same machine?
     
  2. Todd80Z28

    Todd80Z28 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If you are swapping hard drives, you theoretically shouldn't have to reinstall anything.

    1. Purchase new hard drive. I recommend an SSD- Crucial specifically (LOL, I work at Micron). 500GB down to $65, 1TB is $110.
    2. Buy a cloning kit- like this, for instance. Some SSD kits will come with this, I didn't turn one up in a quick search, though.
    3. Plug new SSD into clone cable (attached to USB port), clone existing HD on to new SSD with the included software.
    4. Shutdown laptop, remove old HD, install new SSD, reboot.

    Machine should come up exactly as it was, just WAY WAY faster if you currently have an ordinary hard drive.

    I've done this a few times now, it's been flawless. I've yet to lose an SSD (bought first one in 2011, it just got sent to the recycle heap in an old netbook). Also, the cool thing about that cable is that you can plug any SATA HD or SSD into it and use it as an external drive.
     
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    I'd sure run off dvd disc copies of all your documents and pictures. Or a couple thumb drives, get that stuff secured. Then I'd run through a clean out of cookies and temp files etc. the do a defrag. Might fix it?
     
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    Back all data to flash drive or media of your choosing.
    I would as Todd suggested buy a SSD drive and reinstall your operating system(win8) or even download (win10) if you have a win8 license the upgrade should be free. You have several options.
    The crashing could be hardward or software related.
    GL
     
  5. ol' grouch

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    I'm glad I backed all my music, photos and documents up on a thumb drive. Went to Office Depot to copy the hard drive and have a new one put in. Moot point there. The old drive packed it in and wouldn't start up at all. Now I have a new solid state hard drive and I'm hoping I can reinstall the Windows Office on it. At $150 a pop, I don't want to pay for it on two machines as the one left with Office is long in the tooth and just about dead overall.
     
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    For this it is worth having a backup to an external disk, preferably SSD because they break down less often
     
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    "Long in the tooth". That's an expression that GenX'ers won't understand.
     
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    Wish I had known about the Clone wire harness. I bought a 4TB External and backed up my Windows 10 that I upgraded from 7 that was original. It went Ok all came back, but just was not exactly like I had it before. The Hard drive in my Toshiba satellite gave me warning that the drive was going to fail. I got the external hooked it up B/U, then the next day it failed. It gave me 3 warnings. I'm glad I did get the new drive before hand for once in my life. I just did a restore from back up. Then just let the machine do the work.
     

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