Desktop hdd dying

My desktop hard drive is starting to die (sometimes when i start it up, it registers as no hdd in pc).
Is there an idiots guide to putting in a new drive and transferring the OS/files etc to the new drive, or do I have to setup windows from scratch and manually transfer the files etc!

Any help greatly appreciated

geek_gardenfreak, Jan 5, 1:48 pm

Once you get a new drive, if there isn't a software cd comes with it, youcan visit the manufacturers website and download imaging software. I know one drive I bought, think it was seagate, had a cd to clone it all over flawlessly. Good opportunity to stick in an ssd. Great upgrade.

geek_hakatere1, Jan 5, 2:01 pm

There are several good free cloning programs. A very basic one is called XXCLONE.

geek_r.g.nixon, Jan 5, 2:05 pm

ssd!

geek_gardenfreak, Jan 5, 2:11 pm

ssd! nvm, just googled it.
awesome, thanks for your help.

geek_gardenfreak, Jan 5, 2:11 pm

Solid State Drive. No moving parts. Uses 'flash memory' like camera memory cards. Much faster.

geek_r.g.nixon, Jan 5, 2:14 pm

You can have both types in one computer. At work I have a 40GB SDD for Windows & a 500GB HDD for my data.

geek_r.g.nixon, Jan 5, 2:15 pm

SSD, sata3 flies. Best upgrade you'll ever make.

geek_hakatere1, Jan 5, 3:02 pm