New (to me) laptop, need to copy harddrive

mlkmgr

TS Rookie
Bought a new to me (used) HP TouchSmart tm2 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. However, after the first few uses upon start up I am getting messages telling me that hard drive failure is eminent. I did not get any back up or restore disks with the laptop so I would like to make an image or copy of the hard drive so I can install a new hard drive and copy the image on the new one.

What is the easiest, most economical way to go about this?

Thank you in advance and I apologize if this should be in another section!!

Rudy
 

Route44

TechSpot Ambassador
Immediately back up everything of value to a USB Flash Drive because your hard drive can crash at any second and recovery of info off of a crashed drive costs serious $.

Can you link us to this laptop? There are inexpensive ways to transfer/clone your hard drive.
 

Route44

TechSpot Ambassador
I used this that I purchased from Monoprice: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10315&cs_id=1031502&p_id=8491&seq=1&format=2

The thing was since I was replacing my hard drive with an SSD manufactured by Samsung the migration software was included. Unfortunately not everyone provides such software.

You could look into the following:

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=migration+software&N=-1&isNodeId=1

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161005

* I have the older Apricorn version from 4 years ago and it still works.