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Old 12-08-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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Clone the drive when everything works fine or on a new computer. That should be understood.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:50 PM
 
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It is understood, but the way you told the op to do it is useless.

What good does it do to clone a drive, use it for 6 months (obviously hypothetical) all the while having it build up problems to the point you want to swap drives? All the changes you made over the last six months are lost when you swap.

Assume the first drive has reached the point of requiring a swap after the initial cloning process. When you do the swap you just lost any changes made over that time period. New programs, bookmarks, anything new is gone because it wasn't on the machine when the first clone was made. Now you have a "fresh" drive in the PC and one that's "corrupted" as a back up. You can now clone the corrupted one from the original copy, but you end up where you were before the first clone was made.

The solution (unless one doesn't care about going back to square one) is to research what is causing the problem and solving it. It might be that the OP doesn't use an AV or a program like Malwarebytes. We don't know if they use something like Ccleaner to clear out all the garbage that builds up.

More information from the OP would certainly help.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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If the OP is happy paying $100 to have her temp files cleaned up, I'm gonna guess cloning drives is not likely to happen.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:59 PM
 
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It is understood, but the way you told the op to do it is useless.

What good does it do to clone a drive, use it for 6 months (obviously hypothetical) all the while having it build up problems to the point you want to swap drives? All the changes you made over the last six months are lost when you swap.

Assume the first drive has reached the point of requiring a swap after the initial cloning process. When you do the swap you just lost any changes made over that time period. New programs, bookmarks, anything new is gone because it wasn't on the machine when the first clone was made. Now you have a "fresh" drive in the PC and one that's "corrupted" as a back up. You can now clone the corrupted one from the original copy, but you end up where you were before the first clone was made.

The solution (unless one doesn't care about going back to square one) is to research what is causing the problem and solving it. It might be that the OP doesn't use an AV or a program like Malwarebytes. We don't know if they use something like Ccleaner to clear out all the garbage that builds up.

More information from the OP would certainly help.
You are the one who is not helping. I offered the OP a solution and you come in here as a know-it-all arguing just for the sake of arguing, in an incoherent way at that. This is what I do with a new laptop: install the software I use and clone the hard drive. I don't use anti-virus software. My computer has been infected more than once. Every it happened I swapped the drives and clone again. Swapping the drives takes about two minutes. No fee paid. No relying on anyone.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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I did this, probably won't use it at this point but I bookmarked it. Thanks.

Yea, the hard drive thing is too much bother. Appreciate the suggestion though.

Thanks folks! No more responses necessary at this time.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:22 AM
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I used to work with a guy who had once moonlighted for the Geek Squad. He said that the full-time workers were less qualified than he was and they would save the complicated jobs for him. He also felt that the other employees were too quick to resort to wiping computers and reinstalling the OS, without any regard to whether there were solutions that might save customers' data. It seemed plausible to me, since an operation like Geek Squad deals in volume and their slash-and-burn "cure" would indeed return a working computer to the customer.

Based on that insider perspective, Geek Squad is not a place that I would ever use.
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Old 12-09-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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You are the one who is not helping. I offered the OP a solution and you come in here as a know-it-all arguing just for the sake of arguing, in an incoherent way at that. This is what I do with a new laptop: install the software I use and clone the hard drive. I don't use anti-virus software. My computer has been infected more than once. Every it happened I swapped the drives and clone again. Swapping the drives takes about two minutes. No fee paid. No relying on anyone.
And you insist on missing the point I make. I'm not going to try again. You obviously can't understand it.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:27 PM
 
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If my computer has a problem, I take it to a local PC shop that I found on Yelp. They're extremely popular, and it usually takes a week to get my computer back. But when I do, it has no problems anymore.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:27 PM
 
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[quote=Tek_Freek;50347545]A good idea, but inaccurate. If you have problems and swap the drives you need to clone again because when the "new" drive sucks (Whatever you do that causes the original to have problems you will still be doing, so the new drive is going to develop the same problems) you have to swap it out to the original again. Right back to the one you originally swapped out with all its problems.

And all the changes you made to the original after the clone and before the swap are lost. If you clone on a regular basis to keep up with changes then whatever makes the original suck is transferred to the clone.

That was hard to explain. I hope you understand it. [/quote]

Yes...older post (I read a lot here on this forum, my first reply ever) but if I understand this correctly, what you're saying is with each successive clone it is only a matter of time...garbage in/garbage out and so it goes.

Makes perfect sense to me, thank you.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:14 PM
 
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If the OP is happy paying $100 to have her temp files cleaned up, I'm gonna guess cloning drives is not likely to happen.
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