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If you're just looking to copy/back up data (i.e. not clone/mirror an OS drive), there's a couple of programs I recommend you consider.

The first is Free File Sync. It's really good for systematic back up - even if you do it manually. Good GUI / easy to use. I use it to update my back up (compare file date/time/size and "mirror" sync so stuff I deleted on the main HDD is also deleted on the backup HDD)

If I'm copying/backing up for the first time (folder or entire data HDD), I use either Fast Copy or the free version of Teracopy.
NOTE: that by default Teracopy will substitute for Windows OS copying - this includes moving things. So if you accidently move something from one place to another, there's no "undo" option like with windows.

Fast Copy doesn't have an installer (stand alone) and verifies via MD5 (which I prefer), but the GUI isn't as good IMO. If Fast copy had the same/as good GUI as Teracopy, I'd use that exclusively. As it stands, I find Tera copy a bit easier to uses on a daily basis. If you don't want Tera Copy to act as the default copy hander, go to "more" -> "menu" -> "preferences" and uncheck that option.

In your case, I suggest Fast Copy or Tera Copy since you're not updating a back up for some massive data folder (like images, music, etc.).

GL & hope this helps. I now have a similar dead HDD issue frown.gif

A good portion of the content is images, music, documents, and videos. My HDD isn't my boot drive.

What about easeUS?

Maybe I will try a Linux live disc, but I fear I will screw something up and nuke my HDD. Also, when I clone the HDD, will the programs on the HDD still work properly?
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A good portion of the content is images, music, documents, and videos. My HDD isn't my boot drive.

What about easeUS?

Maybe I will try a Linux live disc, but I fear I will screw something up and nuke my HDD. Also, when I clone the HDD, will the programs on the HDD still work properly?

I'm a bit confused since you said this wasn't your boot drive, but then you ask about programs. Ironically, I'm also now having trouble with my Samsung F3 1TB HDD though I think (guess maybe more accurate), my issue might be solved with a firmware update (total pain in the a** the way Samsung does it). You should have all you're programs on your SSD and only data on your Samsung F3 1TB. Just to be clear, when I mean programs, I mean installed programs, not achieve copies of program install files

Data backup/copy is different from cloning/mirror an OS/programs drive. You clone/mirror OS/program drives (including those which have data). Cloning/Mirror is just what it sounds like - it creates an exact image of everything on one drive onto another. So all the registry keys, etc. get copied along with any data.

WD (and Seagate as well I think) offer a free version of Acronis True Image which is what I use to clone drives. [NOTE: when you install this there's a lot of "auto-start" features you might want to set to manual start via "Services" along with disabling a couple of "auto-run" aspects (CCleaner works well for this) if you don't plan to clone on a regular basis.] You'll need to have your WD drive installed when you install the program, but after that I'm pretty sure it works whether you have a WD drive installed or not. Macrium Reflect is another freeware clone/mirror software I've heard good things about. Easus is another clone/mirror type of software from what I recall.

Data transfer is a more simple process. It just reads then writes data from one drive to another ignoring structure. You could select an entire drive, but OS/Programs won't transfer correct (which is why you clone that type of drive). Stand alone type programs (e.g. "portable" type programs than you just unzip/archive and run from the same folder - no installation processes) should work, but even then, unless it's absolutely necessary, I'd probably unzip a clean version just to be safe.

From what I can tell, you need to transfer data off of your failing Samsung F3 1TB onto your new WD Caviar Black so I suggest you use a copy program like Fast Copy (I think it's faster overall than Tera Copy) rather than a clone/mirror. If you use FastCopy, make sure to check "verify" ("estimate" optional but I have it checked as well") and that it's set for "fullspeed". I have "nonstop" (ignore errors) checked as well since it will verify anyway and I'll look to see if there was a problem when the transfer's completed. To be safe, I use the "diff (size/date") setting. You can leave the buffer size at 128MB or increase it (not sure how much a larger size helps). Overall, the default settings are fine, just be sure check in options -> main settings -> defaults & delete sections, any delete/wipe options are NOT checked. You can wipe your F3 once you have all your data safely copied to your new drive.

I wouldn't use a Linux disk in this case. There's no need to do so AFAIK. Give FastCopy (or Tera Copy if you don't like FastCopy's GUI) a shot at least for your music, docs, videos & images. Simply target the folder you want to copy as the source and target your new drive for destination (it should create the folder for you). If you really want to be sure you have all your data, install Free File Sync when you're done and have it compare folders to see if anything is missing (shouldn't be).

FWIW, I understand your sentiment about hating to purchase new hard drives (especially replacements). WD Caviar Black is now my brand of choice. I have a lot of Samsung drives and this is the first one I've had trouble with (again *crosses fingers* firmware update may solve the issue). With all the mergers, it's pretty much a two horse race - WD & Seagate which sucks for consumers because companies like Samsung had offered good drives (IMO) at much more reasonable prices.

GL - hope it works out. Post if you have any other questions
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I used easeUS, worked out fine. But now I need to format and wipe the old Samsung HDD before I get rid of it. Any suggestions?
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When my new WD Caviar Black loads/reads something it makes a bit of noise that sound like grinding. Is that just typical HDD noise or is it a sign that it's defective?
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When my new WD Caviar Black loads/reads something it makes a bit of noise that sound like grinding. Is that just typical HDD noise or is it a sign that it's defective?

Completely normal for the Blacks.
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Completely normal for the Blacks.

That's what I figured, but couldn't hurt to make sure. Thanks
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