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Hey guys,
Thinking of adding a second hard drive to my system. My current Seagate 320gb is getting full and it also has an audible "click" at times which hurts me to hear. Not sure if it's dying but I've had it for 4 years now with no problems.

I was going to go with a 500gb, maybe 1tb hdd for now. Is it as easy as setting the new one in, hooking it up and setting it to slave/master? Pretty much plug and play?

Also, what should I do with the current drive? I'd rather not reinstall XP again. Would I keep this one as the master and the new one as the slave? I was also planning to upgrade to Windows 7 in a few months. Would I also just install that to the current one?

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A clicking hard drive means that it's dying.

Anyway, you won't have to mess with Slave or Master if it's a SATA drive. Just make sure the boot order is the way you want it in the BIOS.

As for what to do with the current drive: I would replace it entirely because it's dying.
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You should install the operating system on the new hard drive. Not to sure but you could be able to "clone" the old hard drive's contents onto the new one. Your current one is dying and could crash on you anytime.
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Just about, if you are using it for storage, Plug and Play. But the clicking, your HDD is going to die, better off saving your stuff before something bad happens. I think you should install W7 on the new HDD then transfer your files over.
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post #5 of 16
is it sata?
just plug it in

about the "click" .. in my experience.. that click will eventually lead to hardware failure
i advise you to replace that 320 as soon as you can ..
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Clicking usually means death is imminent.

This time dont get a seagate

jk get whatever you want
    
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It doesn't click all the time. Maybe once or twice a day or sometimes not at all. It's usually when opening up a game. I certainly know it shouldn't be clicking but is it still bad with how uncommon it is?

Also, if I were to go ahead and trade it out and get Windows 7, if I were to install that onto the new hard drive, would I be able to transfer the majority of my stuff off this one to the new one?
    
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just hade 2 hard drives die on me one was only 2 mounths old and it was a 1t harddrive i got that replaced under warrenty the other was my main harddrive had it for about 4or5 years it was 160gig replced that with a 500gig for now will upgrade that to ssd or hybride when i can afford to i will have to by another large harddrive as well cause im runing out off space only gott 650gig free space at moment spread over 3 harddrives
    
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It doesn't click all the time. Maybe once or twice a day or sometimes not at all. It's usually when opening up a game. I certainly know it shouldn't be clicking but is it still bad with how uncommon it is?

Also, if I were to go ahead and trade it out and get Windows 7, if I were to install that onto the new hard drive, would I be able to transfer the majority of my stuff off this one to the new one?
it depends on the programms your running your filles and documents will be allwright also steam should be alright if you by your games on steam
    
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It doesn't click all the time. Maybe once or twice a day or sometimes not at all. It's usually when opening up a game. I certainly know it shouldn't be clicking but is it still bad with how uncommon it is?
Unfortunately, that's how it starts. I recommend replacing it now while you still have plenty of time to rescue anything you want because if you wait until it's clicking once every few seconds, then you may lose access to a few files.


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Also, if I were to go ahead and trade it out and get Windows 7, if I were to install that onto the new hard drive, would I be able to transfer the majority of my stuff off this one to the new one?
As long as you follow these instructions, you should be able to do whatever you want with the data that's on there right now while still being able to boot into the new installation of Windows 7 once the old HDD is removed:
  1. Before installing Windows 7, leave only the drive connected that you want to install Windows 7 to. You don't have to disconnect the power to other hard drives, but at least disconnect the data cables.
  2. Install Windows 7
  3. When the installation is complete, shut down and reconnect the other drive(s)
  4. Make sure the boot priority in the BIOS remains to be the way you need it to be (new hard drive is first)
  5. Boot back into the new installation of Windows 7 and do what you need to do with the files/data that's on the old hard drive (it will be treated as a storage drive)
  6. When you're finished, shut down, disconnect the old hard drive, and turn the system back on.


Now, I suspect that you will want to avoid reinstalling as many things as possible, but unfortunately almost everything will have to be reinstalled in order for them to work properly. However, you may be able to lean on OCN to find out what needs to be reinstalled and what doesn't by making a list of everything that's installed right now that you would rather not have to reinstall.

So ultimately, it's actually a very simple process.
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