i wasn't sure where to post this, so i posted it here because it seemed the most relevant place to put it.
So heres my story:
My hard drive is failing. what i mean by this is, sometimes when I boot my PC, it will click(I am 100% sure it is my hard disk clicking), but sometimes I am able to get it to boot(Im currently on it now). I have had several people tell me that from what i tell them it is on its way to the morgue.
I have ordered a new 500gb internal harddrive, but while its in the post, my current hard drive may just die permanently, so while it is working, I have decided to clone it.
So I obtained Acronis true image home 2011, and made a clone of my current harddrive onto an 80gb external harddrive, just temporarily, so if my current hard drive dies, I will still have all the data from it.
My questions are as follows:
1. Is it possible to boot from my external HDD if my current hard drive dies before the new HDD arrives? (just as a note my external hard drive is IDE, i dont have any IDE connectors in my PC, just SATA) If so, how would i go about doing this?
2.when my new HDD arrives, if my current HDD is dead, will the image on the external HDD be a good enough image that i will be able to clone the external HDD to the new internal HDD, and if ican willl the 3rd image boot properly?
P.S. I cant spend any more money at the moment on new components or software, so foptions that utilize what I already have will be greatly appreciated.