If you’ve been collecting music, movies and pictures on your computer, odds are good that one day you might need a new hard drive.Or if you hear ticking or horrible grinding sounds coming from your computer, you may as well be needing a hard drive replacement.
Hard Drives fill up faster than ever
Today’s large multimedia files can fill up a hard drive fast! iTunes collections can quickly take up large amounts of space. What used to be in the family photo album just a decade ago is now frequently housed on the family computer. (You ARE backing this up somewhere else, aren’t you? If NOT, please talk to us now to forever protect all those family memories!)
With all that digital media and only more to come in the future, it’s important to have a fast reliable hard drive with enough space to handle your needs with room to spare. We can do a couple things when it comes to hard drive replacement:
- Clone your existing hard drive to a new hard drive
- Add in a second drive to provide storage for all your multimedia files
“Cloning” is the process of making a bit by bit copy of your old hard drive directly onto a new hard drive. That ensures that no data is lost and the new hard drive should be able to just be plugged right in and work seamlessly! If you’ve had a hard drive failure, check out our data recovery page. In those cases, the replacement process is not so clear. New operating system install is required and disk recovery will be required IF you have data on that drive that you wish to recover. Even then, it is and can be very hit or miss. But when the data is just cloned to a new drive from a working drive, you will end up with an exact duplicate of your drive.
Hard drive replacement is painless
Either way, as long as you haven’t had a hard drive failure, hard drive replacement is painless. There are advantages and disadvantages to both directions. We can clone your existing drive to a new larger and faster drive and everything will remain pretty much the same as far as user experience. Your documents and pictures will still be exactly where Windows wants you to have them – and expects to find them out of the box. You can keep your old drive as a backup somewhere safe if desired or it can be wiped and reused if desired.
Add in a second hard drive
We can also just add in a second hard drive to your system to provide additional storage space to keep your “My Documents” folders and files – or even just your multimedia collection. A little reconfiguring in the operating system and files can be automatically stored over there on the second drive. This has the benefit of speeding up some access to those files. If you do work with multimedia files such as movie editing or creation, this is a good option. By keeping two different hard drives, not all of the work is being performed on the primary drive – you’ll experience better disk access and read times.
External Hard Drives
However it is approached, if you have a disk left at the end of the process, we can also take that disk and put it into an external case for you with a USB connection. You can then use it to do backups, keep archive copies of your important files and more. If the disk is left intact after cloning it to a new hard drive, you can just keep it as a backup. We always suggest keeping backups of your important files. We also suggest that you keep at least one backup off-site – meaning somewhere else. We always like to think that bad things don’t happen, but far too often bad things can and DO happen. Even if you’re diligent about keeping great backups on an external drive next to your computer in case anything happens… What happens in case of a catastrophic event such as a home fire? Or tornado? Or hurricane? Home computer users, like business computer users, can never have too much protection from data loss.
Make sure you are protected!
If you’d like more information about protecting yourself from computer data loss with backup solutions, feel free to stop by one of our convenient Raleigh Geeks locations and talk with us!