New Hard Drive in Laptop

Thursday evening my wife came up to the office and asked me if I was ok. I replied no. This was from the prospect of having to replace a hard drive in my laptop. The twice daily backups was beyond painful, and I could tell the drive was getting worse.

I said as soon as I get home Friday from work it’s swap out time. Armed with a copy of Casper XP I pulled a new hard-drive out of the drawer, and plugged it into a external hard drive shell. I plugged it into a USB port, shutdown every application I could, unplugged from the Internet, turned the Virus protection off, and started the disk copy.

Went watched a movie with the wife, and had a error free copied drive. Screwdriver in hand opened the Vaio up, and was surprised to see how dirty inside it was. 20 minutes of cleaning and a couple of tense moments with tiny screws the new drive was in. Pressed the power button and prayed.

It Booted, logged in and was good as new. I sat their with my mouth wide open. I have had to do this with a few PC years past but never had the main hard drive been so easy. I was blown away. Ohh and that hard drive I pulled out it rattles so I guess I need to consider myself lucky that it lasted as long as it did. So It joins the collection of 12 other hard drives I have on a shelf that I have destroyed over the years.

Casper XP best $49.95 I have ever spent, it works better than Norton Ghost.

Only minor thing some applications need activating again which clues me into how some companies are verifying licenses these days.

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.