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For you lazy folk, there's a tl;dr at the bottom of the post

Here's the scoop: I've got three hard drives, two 1TB and one 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blacks. One of the terrabyte drives and the 500GB drives are in bad condition according to HD Tune Pro, which states that both of the drives have "Ultra DMA CRC Error Count" warnings. All HD Tune has to say about this is that there are communication errors possibly caused by a damaged SATA cable, but I know for a fact I've never used a bad wire with my parts, so I really don't know what caused this. Originally, my OS and all of my original data was on the first 1TB, and over time due to this DMA CRC Error Count problem the drive started growing corrupted sectors, and eventually I was getting boot errors and ended up being lucky enough to recover most of my data onto the new 1TB drive I bought a few weeks ago. Even after attempting to format both of these screwed up drives, the DMA Error persists, so I'm taking a wild shot in the dark and making the conclusion that these drives aren't very reliable for future use.

Long story short, I'm going to be returning the 1TB drive to the retail store I bought it from soon (I've already called ahead of time to confirm that they will allow me to return it under the circumstances), and am just a click away from RMA'ing the 500GB drive straight to WD for a replacement.

Here's the predicament: I've got ALL of my stuff on this last 1TB drive, and I need a backup system of some sort. I was hoping to get my hands on a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB when I originally put together my current computer, but they were sold out at every retail/online store available to me and I needed the computer built by a certain date. If I were to order a Spinpoint from Newegg, would there be any way to somehow transfer the contents on my WD drive over to the Samsung, or at least the OS alone so that I could have the benefits of a faster drive for my OS and a "supposedly more reliable drive" for my important data and such? Also, in terms of the reliability of Caviar Blacks in general, was I just extremely unlucky with these two drives, or is there a more reliable drive out there I should/could be using for keeping all of my important data on as a backup/storage drive?

tl;dr:

1) Is it possible to somehow transfer an OS from one drive to another instead of having to re-install the OS and re-setup everything from scratch (from WD Caviar Black 1TB to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB)?

2) Was I just really unlucky to get two bad Caviar Blacks in a row, or is there another model of hard drive out there that would be more reliable in terms of having a long lifespan and not having to worry about the drive randomly corrupting or having errors?


Thanks in advance!
    
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1) Yes, ou can back up your data onto another drive using something like Acronis Disk Image (I think that's what it's called).

2) I would seriously take a look at your cables. Get some decent quality replacements off eBay then test your drives again. If they are still "failing" then test them in another machine, if possible. If they still screw up there, it's the drives. If not, it's the controller they're connected to.

Don't get me wrong, you may well have been unlucky. Drives can be bad out of the factory (Maxtor, Seagate) but most times it's the shipping that kills them. After that, it's the drives - but cables and controllers can go bad. I've experienced all of the above.

By the way, Western Digital as some of the most reliable drives you can get your hands on. In my book, the drives to go for are Western Digital, Samsung and Hitachi.
Edited by parityboy - 1/8/11 at 9:57am
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1) Thanks for the tip about Acronis, based on what it says on their website it looks like it's exactly what I need (most specifically the Clone Disk feature).

2) I've had the two hard drives that are having problems since my last build, which was on an AMD motherboard and with which I was using different SATA cables. They're reporting the same exact issue on HD Tune on my current Intel setup using a new motherboard and different SATA cables as before, so I'm pretty confident that it's the hard drives and that I just got extremely unlucky. Hopefully my current WD Caviar Black 1TB won't fail on me as well.
    
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