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Another problem, hoping someone can help me out again. ;)

Seems my 3 year old Maxtor 80GB @ 7200 is finally crapping out on me. There aren't any scratching noises or anything else of the sort, but I'm getting an intermittent beep (happens every 5-10 minutes or so) coming from somewhere in my case (can't seem to locate exactly where it's coming from - around the HDs I think). All my system diagnostics have come clean and the typically monitored temperatures are fine for my specs, so everything but my HD is in the clear. Only thing is that Maxtor claims there are no parts capable of making audible beeps in their HDs. oO Huh.

Anyways, if someone wants to comment on that, I'd be interested to hear their take on it. Now onto my real problem.

I'm going to buy a new hard drive, but since the Maxtor contains all my OS information and every program installed on the computer, I'm looking for a way to copy everything on the drive to a new drive, remove the dying drive, and replace it with the new one - avoiding re-installing all my stuff in the process. So basically I need to know if I can swap the drives without all the software going crazy on me and not working.

God. Damn thing beeped again. =P Creeps me out when it does it.

Thanks for any help people throw my way.

Cheers,
Criftus
 

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the beep shoud be comming from a speaker on your MOBO or one connceted to your MOBO that beeps if something's wrong, your HD shoud not be the problem, you could also download a piece of software to test your HD
 

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Hard drives do not beep when there's a problem.

Beeping from your computer comes from your PC speakers. The beeping usually indicates there's a problem with the motherboard.

What motherboard are you using?

Get the motherboard manual and look at the beep codes.
 

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I've had a couple maxtor hard drives, and they make kind of a quick whine when they first spin up. That could be what you're hearing? If the hard drive is failing thourgh, SMART usually picks it up. If you are pretty sure its your hard drive, unplug its power, then turn your computer on and see if it does it every 5-10 minutes still.

Also, its doubtful that any beep codes your motherboard's manual provides is one that goes off every 5-10 minutes. The beep codes that are provided by it are POST codes. So if it don't POST, you can tell why.
 

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... uhm... so yeah, I kind of forgot that I left my cell phone very close to the case... so... I missed a call and it was beeping to let me know. :lol:

That's a lesson for me. Never drive 4 hours on little sleep and then come home and try and troubleshoot your comp. =P Man, I was freaking out.

Thanks for the help with that! XD Hope it gave you a smile at least. I'm laughing at myself. =D

... anyone know about that HD swapping idea I had though?
 

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Criftus said:
... uhm... so yeah, I kind of forgot that I left my cell phone very close to the case... so... I missed a call and it was beeping to let me know. :lol:

That's a lesson for me. Never drive 4 hours on little sleep and then come home and try and troubleshoot your comp. =P Man, I was freaking out.

Thanks for the help with that! XD Hope it gave you a smile at least. I'm laughing at myself. =D

... anyone know about that HD swapping idea I had though?
You can try norton ghost, its a terrible product though. It totally killed everything on my hdd with no chance of recovery.
 

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Reichfuher said:
You can try norton ghost, its a terrible product though. It totally killed everything on my hdd with no chance of recovery.
I think I might pass on that then! =P
 

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Hmmm I got this problem with my Western Digital and Seagate drives before they died :(

I guess it's still functionnal enough to plug a second drive and make 1:1 copy from Maxtor to the new one...

btw, you're scaring me, I got a 80gb Maxtor 7200 rpm too, and beside a slight boot problem I get when I press the Reset button, it works fine for now :p
 

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oh sry killjoy wasnt talking about ur problem. i was talking about the "problem" of the original thread maker.

wut kinda problem are u having reseting?
 

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Mr. Killjoy said:
Hmmm I got this problem with my Western Digital and Seagate drives before they died :(

I guess it's still functionnal enough to plug a second drive and make 1:1 copy from Maxtor to the new one...

btw, you're scaring me, I got a 80gb Maxtor 7200 rpm too, and beside a slight boot problem I get when I press the Reset button, it works fine for now :p
hehe Sorry about that! =D
As for the drive, yeah, it's still functional enough to make a 1:1 copy, I was just wondering if there would be any software problems coming up if the new drive took the same drive letter as the old one when I replaced it.
 

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"wut kinda problem are u having reseting?"

Reset button = Disk Boot Failure
no big deal, I use it very rarely... and the windows reboot option works fine,
I guess it's a mobo/drive compatibility 'feature'
 

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Gave Norton Ghost 2003 a try. Worked like a charm! All my stuff transferred flawlessly and I'm running again. =) Thanks for the suggestions and help!
 

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... uhm... so yeah, I kind of forgot that I left my cell phone very close to the case... so... I missed a call and it was beeping to let me know. :lol:

That's a lesson for me. Never drive 4 hours on little sleep and then come home and try and troubleshoot your comp. =P Man, I was freaking out.

Thanks for the help with that! XD Hope it gave you a smile at least. I'm laughing at myself. =D

... anyone know about that HD swapping idea I had though?
:lol: funiest thing i ever heard lol:eyemove:
 
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