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 Post subject: SMART errors on old drive. Clone vs. Fresh Install?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 7:56 am 
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Try to make this quick. After unplugging my comp do to a thunderstorm yesterday, it refused to boot due to S.M.A.R.T. errors on the main drive (BIOS caught it). A quick visit to Newegg later, and a new hard drive is on its way. The question is this: Should I do a fresh re-install, or a clone of the drive? It seemed to be running speedy right up to the point it didn't anymore, but this Win7 install dates back to the Sandy Bridge recall fiasco.

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 Post subject: Re: SMART errors on old drive. Clone vs. Fresh Install?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:14 pm 
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Do you have all of your data backed up? If not, I would try cloning the drive first. If you have your data backed up, then I would recommend a fresh install.


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 Post subject: Re: SMART errors on old drive. Clone vs. Fresh Install?
PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:22 am 
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pcstudent wrote:
Do you have all of your data backed up? If not, I would try cloning the drive first. If you have your data backed up, then I would recommend a fresh install.


No, don't have most of the data backed up yet. I know the benefits of a fresh install, but I won't want to spend the entire weekend reinstalling and reconfiguring Windows and about 40 other programs, lol


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