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beckp
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New HD, can I use Rescue & Recovery?

Hello,

 

I have a T61 and just purchased a 320gig 7200rpm drive from Lenovo to replace my existing drive. Can I use Rescue & Recovery to move the entire contents of the existing drive over to the new drive? If so, what is the best procedure?

 

I will be using an external USB connected seagate drive as my back-up location.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Re: New HD, can I use Rescue & Recovery?

Sure, that's how I usually do it.

 

Use the "create rescue media" option in advanced R&R to make the external USB bootable.  Watch for the "preserve existing data" checkbox if you have anything already on the ext HD that you want to keep. ( Just launching a full backup from the start menu will wipe your external drive first, and take a looooong time formatting.)  Then pull a full backup.  Install the new HD, boot the external HD to it's copy of R&R (that's what the rescue media option created) and run a restore.

 

There are some cases when restoring to a completely blank HD where the boot to the new HD winds up at a black screen and blinking cursor - for some versions of R&R and some HDs.  In that case, reformat the new drive (by whatever means you can) and run the restore again.  Just running restore a 2nd time (since the drive is not blank any more) usually fails w/spontaneous R&R reboots for some reason.  There is another work-around IIRC. That is setting the HD to compatibility more before doing the restore, then back to AHCI after.  http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-66963.html#396899

 

Z.


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beckp
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Re: New HD, can I use Rescue & Recovery?

Thanks so much ... not sure what you mean by "  Watch for the "preserve existing data" checkbox if you have anything already on the ext HD that you want to keep." ? I will have existing data on that external USB HD that I want to keep so .... do I want the checkbox checked or unchecked?

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Re: New HD, can I use Rescue & Recovery?

 


@beckp wrote:

Thanks so much ... not sure what you mean by "  Watch for the "preserve existing data" checkbox if you have anything already on the ext HD that you want to keep." ? I will have existing data on that external USB HD that I want to keep so .... do I want the checkbox checked or unchecked?


 

I don't remember whether you check the box to save data or destroy it Smiley Sad  I hope it will be obvious when you see it.  (Sorry, I'm away from home and can't check just now).

 

My main point was that several/many unhappy users have just used the quick backup option (again I don't have a machine handy to see what it's called exactly) and found their external HD wiped.

 

Bottom line: if you don't see the checkbox - regardless of its "polarity" don't proceed.

 

Hopefully one of the local experts w/a machine handy - or a better memory - can add something.

 

Z.


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