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Hey guys,

My mums Dell Insipiron 15R (Was bought used from a close friend), well the laptop randomly shuts off, It's most likely the HDD because if I drop anything near where the HDD is it will shut off, this includes putting my wrist on the laptop, obviously moving it while it's on will cause it to shut down too.

How would I go about making a image of the laptop? I don't have my desktop here, but is there anyway I can copy the image over to the *new* HDD?

To add to that the HDD that is shutting off is 640GB, the one that works is a mere 160GB. There is only ~50GB used on this right now so it should be alright to put only a 160GB in one would imagine.

TL;DR
Mums laptop's HDD is most likely dying, how would one go about making a ghost image? Am i able to do that with a USB drive and then put it in the laptop?
 
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First,I would check the connections of the laptop.When you said in your post that when you drop anything next to the laptop it shuts off,that could suggest the connections are loose.

To make a ghost image,I suggest using norton ghost and burning it to a cd.
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Also, when you have the bottom open check the visible boards for hairline cracks. I've seen stressed mainboards crack, and whenever the computer was moved it would restart.

As for your exact question, Fishinfan is right. Ghost is solid. Alternatively, I've used Acronis True Image with success, but people have been less happy with the last years release than with past releases (people think it's getting bloated).
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