Hard Drive Replaced With Zero Data Loss

April 20, 2015

Last Monday I told you SMART Warning Predicts Imminent Hard Disk Failure. A week later, I’m happy to report my laptop is healthy again, most all of my software is installed and all data is safely back where it was earlier.

The biggest delay in the whole process was waiting for the replacement drive. I ordered the new drive on Monday and it didn’t arrive until Saturday. Once in hand, it took less than fifteen minutes to install the replacement drive.

As I suggest in Setting Up a Windows Computer From Scratch, I always partition my drives into three drive letters. So as part of installing Windows on the new drive, I created the three partitions and installed Windows on the C drive. I then immediately installed ZoneAlarm Security Suite so I would be safe when I went online to download updates.

After Windows was installed and updated, I started installing software on the D drive. Some of the software was fairly large so this process took some time. Luckily for me, I just had to click a few buttons and walk away while the installers did their job.

Lastly, I had to restore my data. As I’ve suggested many times, my data is all stored on the E drive and backed up nightly using GoodSync on a NAS drive. All I needed to do was copy the data back from the NAS drive to the E drive and I was all ready to go.

If you plan for these issues in advance, it is pretty easy to survive a failed drive with minimal hassle and zero data loss.

Post Discussion

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like…

Keyboard Cleaning Gel

Use Cleaning Gel on Keyboards, Laptops and More

Keyboards can be pretty disgusting. Apart from looking bad and being covered with germs, some of that dirt can prevent them from working well. A few years ago I took a very drastic step to get a keyboard clean. If you don't remember it, check...

Read More

Blog Makeover

Blog Posts Receive Makeover

Since we migrated the Graphics Unleashed Blog to a dedicated site in 2015, the layout of the posts was mostly the same. We did make a few minor changes every now and then, but it didn't change the overall layout much. Now we've made a major...

Read More

You Shipped It Where? What Were You Thinking?

Loyal readers know that I recently moved. Part of that move was selling the home where I had resided the previous 22 years. While I've provided a new address to more than 100 places, I'm sure there are some I've missed. Today I have a story...

Read More

Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

Recent Posts

Pro WordPress Help

Divi WordPress Theme

Graphics Unleashed Donations

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5