I’m having some disk issues and I would really appreciate your help. I’ll try to be as precise as possible, however, if any additional information is needed, please let me know and I´ll fetch it asap!
Me: I’m familiar with computers, but I’m certainly no expert. With this in mind, it would be fair to say that I would be able to follow somewhat complex instructions (if needed), but I would require a very detailed guide. Please bear with me!
My computer: Here’s a summary of all the main components of my Windows 7 PC:
- Operating System
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
- Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60 GHz
- Haswell 22nm Technology
- 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 933 MHz (10-11-10-30)
- Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z97X-SLI-CF (SOCKET 0)
- PnP-Monitor (Standard) (1920×1080@60 Hz)
- Intel Standard VGA Graphics Adapter (Gigabyte)
- 4095 MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (Undefined)
- 931 GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-22BN5A0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)
- 223 GB KINGSTON SH103S3240G SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
About a month ago, my SSD started displaying warning messages indicating impending failure:
Windows detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.
Which disk is failing? The following hard disks are reporting failure:
Disk Name: KINGSTON SH103S3240G SCSI Disk Device
I’ve backed up the SSD in my HDD (which is working normally) but, according to the limited research I made on the subject, the disk failure appears imminent:
Replace or repair the hard disk
After backup is complete, please shut down the computer and repair or replace the faulty disk.
and I’d rather deal with this issue before my SSD dies.
Given that I can’t afford a new disk at the moment, I would like to move both Windows and the boot partition from my dying SSD to my healthy HDD. I want to do this in such a manner that all my system runs from the HDD, but that I may still use the SSD for storage until it dies.
The caveat, however, is that all my important data is on my HDD, so I CAN’T format or delete all its contents.
In short, what I want to do is move both Windows and the boot partition from my SSD to my HDD without deleting the HDD’s contents.
Is this even possible? And if so, what would be the easiest way for me to do it?
Additional question – what would happen if I actually let my SSD die? Will I be able to completely restore my system (including Windows and all my programs) solely from the backup I made on the HDD?
I would be forever indebted to whoever takes some time to help me with this issue. I’ve read countless threads about how to move the system to new drives, but nobody seems to outline a method to move it into an already used drive (or I’m too dull to understand if someone did).