Replacing a failing hard drive
March 23, 2010 2:39 PM Subscribe
Can I easily replace a failing hard drive in a desktop?
posted by KneeDeep to computers & internet (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Running a Dell desktop with Windows XP Pro. The hard drive has begun making an increasingly audible whir or whine. Presuming it's on its last legs, can I take it out, move all the data to a new (flash?) drive and be done with it? Would a computer shop be able to clone the old drive or could I do it? How careful do I need to be with the technical details of the new hard drive?
Thanks a lot for your help. I'm not all that handy but I do need to extend the life of this desktop.
Yes, all backed up on a weekly basis.