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    I am not making a bootable drive. It's only files.

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    It's only data files. It is not a bootable drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPArtTeacher View Post
    Thoughts
    Thoughts??...yes. Enough talk...time to act. Get transferring!

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    Nick,
    I can't until I can borrow my wife's laptop for some time.
    Sorry to keep you waiting, lol

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    I see. Talking until then works.

    At the end of the day...I think the good old-fashioned (and simple)..."drag & drop" is the way to go. Not having heard the drive operate myself...there is always the possibility that the drive is ok & it's just noisy. With that in mind...I'm simply advising using an abundance of caution...and not running the drive any more than necessary just in case it's close to failing.

    I've owned a lot of hard drives...and 10-15 years ago I can remember there being more hard drive manufacturer's (or at least more 3rd party companies slapping thier brand name on an external drives case). And back then I can remember more variation in the amount of "drive noise" that each drive made when operating (spinning sound was different between drives...the read/write heads moving back & forth made different amounts of noise). Today (or at least the last 5-7 years)...hard drives have become a lot more generic (all look, sound, and kind of operate alike).

    Since this could be a pretty old drive...the drives "noise" could be normal for the drive...or it could be a result of years of "wear & tear". Copy those files over as soon as you can to a healthier drive...then no worries (and of course that info should also be copied to a 2nd good drive as a redundant backup).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    It has done a lot of sitting the past 5 years. I turn it on about once a year. I live out of the US, and when I return I plug it in and let it spin. This year it sounded crunchy.

    I have most of my life backed up in multiple places, but I can't say for sure with this one because it seems its partner drive is missing. So, I have to save the fillers. And hope that I can.

    One day I will get a proper RAID and to this right.

    Thanks for the ear, and the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPArtTeacher View Post
    It's only data files. It is not a bootable drive
    I realize that. I only mentioned that to emphisize that although I had a similar experience recently I couldn't fully answer the question because the target files were not going to be bootable.

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    Gentleman,
    All the data is saved onto my wife's laptop.

    Next it it will be put onto another external drive and cloud.

    Thanks

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    Good deal. Great to hear the transfer was successful. With the way you described that hard drive sounding...probably took care of things just in time.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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