What to do if an HDD or an SSD does not boot?
One day, when you turn on your PC to work, you wonder why it does not start. In this case, there are several causes though, most of the time it is a temporary malfunction and may starts when you turn it on once again. Also, in reality, there are quite a lot of cases where an SD card, external HDD, and USB memory are left inserted and read before an HDD of the main unit. Depending on a settings of a PC, if they are inserted, they will be read preferentially, but of course they do not start because there is no OS such as Windows, and they stop with a black screen. (A few years ago, floppy disks were often left inserted in similar cases.) If these are the causes, you don’t have to rush because an HDD of the main body will start normally if you unplug everything inserted in the main body of the PC and turn on the power again. However, if these are not causes, but an HDD or SSD built into a PC does not boot, there is a little troublesome problem. This content explains such a case.
1. An internal HDD does not start! An internal SSD does not boot!
1-1. Case 1: When an OS such as Windows is damaged
1-2. Case 2: When an HDD or SSD is physically damaged
2. An external HDD does not boot
There are several reasons why an HDD and SSD do not boot, but as explained here, it is very difficult to rescue data due to corruption. An HDD and SSD have a limited lifespan, and it is not possible to know when they breaks, so it is important to keep a backup at all times. If you save the data in two or more places, such as the main unit and the external device, you can rest assured that the data will remain even if one of them breaks. Let’s make a backup of your data and photos so you don’t lose them.
Do you want to replace an HDD / SSD? Let’s learn precautions and procedures
What should you do if your HDD or SSD of your computer deteriorates? Maybe some buy a new computer. However, if there are no major problems other than the internal HDD or SSD, do you feel that it is a waste to let go of your favorite computer? One of the countermeasures is to replace the internal HDD or SSD in your personal computer with a new one.
In addition, by replacing an HDD with an SSD, it is possible to improve the performance of your personal computer (HDD / SSD) and lead a more comfortable personal computer life. However, if you have never exchanged it yourself, you will of course be worried. This content introduces what steps should be taken to replace an HDD or SSD.
1. Benefits of replacing an HDD / SSD
1-1. Replace an HDD with an SSD [Improvement of performance]
1-2. Replace an HDD with an SSD and one HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of performance]
1-3. Replace an HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of capacity]
2. Clean installation and data migration
2-1. Clean installation
2-2. Data migration
3. How to replace an HDD / SSD
3-1. Check if your computer can be replaced
3-2. Prepare a new HDD / SSD
3-3. Remove an internal HDD / SSD of the personal computer and replace it with a new HDD / SSD.
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You can replace an HDD or SSD by yourself if you learn the procedure. However, there is a risk of failure, so if you want to avoid it, make sure that the computer can be replaced and that the newly prepared product comes with dedicated software before replacement. Also, it is safe to back up important data to another device.
Protect important data! Don’t forget to clone and backup an HDD and SSD
When an HDD or SSD is damaged for some reason, the most terrible thing is that you may not be able to retrieve your data saved on the HDD or SSD. In addition, data will be lost not only due to failure but also due to an initialization of HDD and SSD. In case of data loss, one of the countermeasures is to make a copy or clone of the hard disk, and back it up if necessary.
1. What is HDD / SSD cloning?
2. What is HDD / SSD backup?
In order not to lose your important data, in case of unexpected troubles, it is necessary to prepare backup equipment such as an external HDD or SSD on a daily basis, and to prepare a regular cloning and backup system.
How to migrate OS and data from an HDD to an SSD or one SSD to the other SSD
If you want to speed up the processing speed of a PC that has slowed down due to deterioration over time, or if you want to save more data, one method is “replacement” of an HDD or an SSD. For example, by replacing the drive built into your personal computer with the one with a larger capacity, more data can be saved and work efficiency can be improved.
However, an “OS”, which can be said to be the brain of a personal computer, is always installed on HDDs and SSDs. Therefore, when replacing (such as replacing an HDD with an SSD or replacing one SSD with the new SSD), you need to migrate an OS or newly install an OS on the replaced new HDD or SSD. This content explains how to migrate an OS.
1. How to migrate an OS to new HDD and SSD
1-1. Prepare a new HDD and SSD
1-2. Delete unnecessary data on the original HDD and SSD to reduce the weight of the data
1-3. Create a clone from the original HDD and SSD built into your personal computer to the newly prepared HDD and SSD
1-4. Completely format the original HDD and SSD data
2. Clean installation of an OS
HDDs and SSDs are consumables, so it is unavoidable that these deteriorate depending on the intended use, environment, and years of use. As a result, it naturally leads to a decrease in the performance of the personal computer. However, it is possible to improve them by replacing the HDD or SSD. At first glance, it may seem difficult to migrate an OS, however if you use a dedicated device or software, you can easily do it, so please give it a try.