Hard Drive Copy
We can make a hard drive copy of your old drive to install on your another computer or laptop. The process is also called cloning, we clone one hard drive and copy it to another. In most cases you can pick up where you left off, with all your programs and files installed ready to go.
To copy a hard drive and clone it from one computer to another is a complex process. It can go wrong very easily, corrupting some or all of your data and should only be done by a professional.
A hard drive copy can also be created as an image of your hard drive and kept as a backup. To find out more about the differences between a hard drive clone and a hard drive image check out this web page.
Hard Drive Failure
If you want a hard drive copy because you think your it might be failing, it is important to stop using your device immediately. This will also prevent further damage to the hard drive.
Indications of hard drive failure are strange noises such as grinding, clicking or screeching and likely mean that mechanical failure is imminent. Similar to logic board failure, computer crashes and frequent freezing can also be symptoms. Check out our data recovery page for more information.
Being proactive in the care and maintenance of your hard drive will avoid downtime and wallet pain. The hard drive copy process can take some time to complete if it has been damaged. In some cases it may not be possible at all. Below are some simple things you can do to care for your device.
- Keep your device well ventilated to prevent overheating due to airflow blockages. Also have it serviced regularly, at least once a year. This removes dust and fibres from the cooling system so air flows freely.
- Use a surge proctor to protect against power surges, which can have many causes. The most common in our local area are lightning strikes to power lines.
- Prevent impact damage generally caused by drops. Take care with your mobile devices, they are very susceptible to this type of mechanical damage.