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New (to me) laptop, need to copy harddrive

By mlkmgr
Jun 27, 2015
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  1. 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!!

  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,990   +76

    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.
  3. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23


    Under the assumption this hard drive has been replaced at least once already as it currently has a 640GB hard drive. There is nothing of importance on this hard drive only need the operating system moved to new hard drive or directions on what I need to do to add a new hard drive. No recovery disks or anything included when purchased. Thanks!
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,990   +76

    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/Produ...escription=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.

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