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  1. #1

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Hardrive is about to die!
    I have an imac and also run 2 WD mybook external drives. I have noticed one seems to have been hanging now and again the last few weeks so tonight I tried to runa disk verify which told me there was an error and to repair but when trying to repair, I got the following message;

    Error: Disk Utility canít repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files.

    So, I have ordered a new drive. My question is, should I be ok to drag and drop the all files off my old drive onto my new one or are the files themselves likely to be part of the problem?

    Another point is, once I have copied all the files over, if I name the new drive the same as my current dying one, should all software that references those files continue working as they were?


  2. #2

    Member Since
    Feb 24, 2011
    Hardrive is about dead!

    I have a dying external drive so need to get all files from it, to a new external drive. Its mainly audio files of one type or another (im a musician)

    Is it a good idea to simply drag and drop evenything all at once and let it do its thing or should I be using another method?

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    roflitskyle's Avatar
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    Dec 23, 2010
    United States
    MacBook Unibody 13" 150 GB HDD
    Are the files that you want to transfer on your computer? If they are you could do a Time Machine back up.


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    Feb 24, 2011
    No, they're on the dying external drive.

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    You may run into difficulty trying to copy files from the old drive to the new one. However, for now that's what you should try first. If errors occur and the old drive can not be repaired, you may have to purchase specialized software in order to remove the files from it.

    Edit: Do not cross post! Keep your threads limited to just one for the same subject. I've merged them together.

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