My XP based PC has been progressively slowing down over the past couple of weeks. Recently it has been going to the dreaded "blue screen" with the error message stating "Kernel_Data_Error". I ran the chkdsk/f utility and received an error message telling me that "Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad. WARNING: Immediately back-up your data & replace your HDD. A failure may be imminent." I purchased a new HDD. What is the easiest way to transfer the OS, settings and files from the old HDD (which is still accessible) to the new HDD? Is there a utility program that will mirror the old disk to the new disk?
Yes – try
–they have several tools that can help, especially their
product that I've used successfully for this before. You could also manually copy your files as well.
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