E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Everything Else > The Off-Topic > General Off-Topic

General Off-Topic
Everything not about BMWs. Posts must be "primetime" safe and in good taste. You must be logged in to see sub-forums.
Click here to browse all new posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-28-2016, 08:35 PM   #1
joeski3d
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 522
My Ride: 2000 323i
Desktop rebuild HALP!

My C drive on my desktop is on life support. Windows is requesting that I back the drive up before it's bricked. I'm acquiring the drive tomorrow and will follow the prompts. But I don't have expectations of being able to complete the backup.

So, if my expectations come true, what are my next steps for getting Windows installed and having a fully functioning computer from scratch?
__________________

Ballbusters Inc.

DISCLAIMER: No balls were physically hurt during the reading of this post. Should redness and/or swelling occur consult your gynecologist immediately.
joeski3d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2016, 08:49 PM   #2
cowmoo32
.--. . -. .. ...
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 5,539
My Ride: Yukon
Download Windows 10 ISO, make bootable USB or DVD. Install new hard drive, boot from said USB or DVD and install windows.
__________________

flickher

Want something 3D printed? PM me


What's this about a brownie in motion?
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2016, 09:15 PM   #3
SamDoe1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesnowta
Posts: 3,603
My Ride: 4cyl of fury
^ This.

Make sure you write down your product key or have it available.

Note that this will not recover your data and you'll have to reinstall drivers for your hardware but will leave you with a functional computer. Use windows backup or move all your files to an external drive prior to doing anything major.

WTF did you do?

Last edited by SamDoe1; 03-28-2016 at 09:16 PM.
SamDoe1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 07:20 AM   #4
cowmoo32
.--. . -. .. ...
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 5,539
My Ride: Yukon
Sounds like a drive failure. This is why you have at least 2 backups, ideally in different physical locations with one in cold storage for the really important stuff.
__________________

flickher

Want something 3D printed? PM me


What's this about a brownie in motion?

Last edited by cowmoo32; 03-29-2016 at 07:21 AM.
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 07:30 AM   #5
Zell
Registered User
 
Zell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: such united many state
Posts: 5,886
My Ride: so turbo wow
When that warning happens, consider it like the gas light on your car. You're not about to immediately run out of gas, but you should do it pretty soon. You'll be able to complete the backup, but it is the only thing that you should do with the PC.

Easiest thing to do is literally clone the drive. It'll be like nothing ever happened.

It's just SMART reporting a high enough number and frequency of errors that the drive is having to spend a lot of time trying to recover read/write errors. If I had to guess, the drive is about out of its bank of spare good sectors.
__________________

Last edited by Zell; 03-29-2016 at 07:33 AM.
Zell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 07:31 AM   #6
Wraisil
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Acworth, GA
Posts: 217
My Ride: 2010 Infiniti G37
Run Belarc now and save the file somewhere else (email it to yourself is a good idea imo). http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

(this will get you the keys for your current software so you can have them to install them later if needed (a good idea to have even if you're not having problems).

Last edited by Wraisil; 03-29-2016 at 07:31 AM.
Wraisil is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 07:53 AM   #7
joeski3d
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 522
My Ride: 2000 323i
Thanks for the help. I'll give it a go this evening.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SamDoe1 View Post
WTF did you do?

It's been making a groaning sound for about a month. I mistakenly wrote it off as the graphic card because my previous card made a very similar sound when it ran hot.
I can only assume it's the motor dying.
__________________

Ballbusters Inc.

DISCLAIMER: No balls were physically hurt during the reading of this post. Should redness and/or swelling occur consult your gynecologist immediately.
joeski3d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 08:00 AM   #8
cowmoo32
.--. . -. .. ...
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 5,539
My Ride: Yukon
If you know what you're doing you can put the drive in the freezer or a cooler full of ice (just be sure to keep it dry) and cool it down before attempting to back up. More often than not keeping it cold will give you more time to work.
__________________

flickher

Want something 3D printed? PM me


What's this about a brownie in motion?
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 08:50 AM   #9
SamDoe1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesnowta
Posts: 3,603
My Ride: 4cyl of fury
Quote:
Originally Posted by joeski3d View Post
Thanks for the help. I'll give it a go this evening.




It's been making a groaning sound for about a month. I mistakenly wrote it off as the graphic card because my previous card made a very similar sound when it ran hot.
I can only assume it's the motor dying.
Oh as long as you didn't download too much pr0n and get a virus, you should just use the windows disk imaging utility and create a disk image and a boot disk. Then boot from disc, restore image, and you're back in business as if nothing happened.

Instructions: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/...-in-windows-7/

I sure as fvck hope you're getting a solid state now. If not, you're doing yourself la disservice.

Last edited by SamDoe1; 03-29-2016 at 08:51 AM.
SamDoe1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 08:23 PM   #10
joeski3d
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 522
My Ride: 2000 323i
It's not working. It gets hung up every single time. Thinking I need to do an install from scratch.

The PC originally came with Windows 7 or 8... can't recall. I've moved twice since I got it and who knows where the documents and disc are that came with it. I got the free Win 10 upgrade since. This has become a bit problematic.
__________________

Ballbusters Inc.

DISCLAIMER: No balls were physically hurt during the reading of this post. Should redness and/or swelling occur consult your gynecologist immediately.
joeski3d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 08:55 PM   #11
cowmoo32
.--. . -. .. ...
 
cowmoo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 5,539
My Ride: Yukon
You might get lucky and the windows key is stored on the motherboard. More than once I've done a clean install and Windows auto-activated as soon as I got on a network. But if that doesn't work then you're likely SOL.
__________________

flickher

Want something 3D printed? PM me


What's this about a brownie in motion?
cowmoo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 09:15 PM   #12
scott0482
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 676
My Ride: 2001 530i, 1997 M3/4
Send a message via AIM to scott0482
download easeus todo backup
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta...e_edition.html
plug the new drive into your computer as a 2nd drive
clone the computer to the new drive

Keep the old on in a safe place for emergency backup. it hasn't died yet, so you should be fine.
__________________
scott0482 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2016 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use