Want to replace a hard drive. How can I find out which one I want to replace

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I've had this set up for years and it has worked well.  I have a HD problem failure WDC2001FASS-00UB0ATA device is failing and it wants me to back up. I'm backing up to an external drive now. It is volume E that's the problem. It is an extra drive that I store my photos and video. I want to replace it with (I think) another WD Black? 1T I think that's what it is.  It's been years...

How can I find volume E when I open the computer?

What are the steps (for a somewhat novice) to switch out my hard drive for a new one?

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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
It sounds like it's not your operating system boot drive which is typically (not always) C:.
But you say it's only for pictures, etc.
And, you say there's a backup.
So, that's all good and makes it easy.

Quickest, easiest way:
1) Buy a new hard drive that matches the old one: either IDE/PATA or SATA.  The SATA drives have smaller, flat red and blue (usually) connectors that are in line / i.e. side-by-side on the drive.  The IDE drives have a wide ribbon cable with black or blue connector on the drive and a 4-pin power connector that's usually opaque white and sometimes black.

2) Replace the old drive with the new one.

Boot the computer.  Maybe the new drive will just show up but probably will need to be formatted - so it won't show up.
Right click on "This PC" and select Manage.
Select Storage
Select Disk Management
In the top menu under View, Highlight TOP and check Volume List.
In the top menu under View, Highlight BOTTOM and check Graphical View.

In the graphical view, you should see the new drive and it will have no drive letter (yet).
Right click on the right side of the empty drive graphic (make sure it's the right one!) and select Format.
Once that's done, you can right click in the right side of the empty drive graphic again and select Change Drive Letter.  Assign it E: from the pulldown that's presented.

Now if you go back to This PC, you should see the new, empty drive as E: as you wanted.

Now copy or restore the files from the backup onto E: and you're done.

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Right click on start (windows flag in the left corner) - disk management and there it is.

That will also be printed somewhere on the disk, at least the first part.
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Also, why are you only backing up now? You should do that all the time, and to different backup media, as the backup disks can break too.
artismobileAuthor Commented:
Predrag Jovic
I see the drive but it says it's working properly

It automatically backs up every Monday but because of this warning I'm backing up now.

Fred Marshall
It is not my operating system and is for storage. Easy enough for me to follow, the other concern is finding the right one to replace. I will follow rindi advice and physically look for the numbers to replace the correct one and follow your directions to put the SATA in.

On my way to the store to get a new HD now.
artismobileAuthor Commented:
By the way, I just clicked on disk mgt. and my E drive says 1863.01 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition) but it has a bunch of vertical lines though the whole thing. Does that mean anything?
The disk problem message you got is a SMART message. When SMART gets tripped that usually means the disk is still OK, just, but will probably soon die, because a certain threshold has been reached that is bad for the disk. So it will appear as still healthy. The point of SMART is that it should give you enough time after the warning to replace the disk before it fails.
I guess lines are marking selected drive, try click another partition then other partition should have vertical lines.
And message - working properly is normal, you will often see that message even if drive is failing.
Something must be very wrong with disk to see that drive is not OK in the disk manager  (usually bad blocks or SMART error).
artismobileAuthor Commented:
Ok, the lines mean nothing other than I've selected it. But I'm back to my same problem of not knowing which drive to replace. It is E  but I opened the computer and they are all (5) marked:

Other than the 6th one which is the operating system.

So I'm kinda back where I started. How can I find Drive E: so I can replace it?
Check for drive in disk manager - Disk number (Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 etc).
Go to BIOS and in BIOS check SATA ports where are attached disks, then on motherboard you have mark SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2... But those don't have to match....If let's say disk is Disk 3 try to detach SATA cable from HDD that is attached to third SATA port. If in use are SATA 1, SATA 3, SATA 4, SATA 5 - than you try to remove cable from SATA 5 on motherboard. disk 3 is 0, 1,2, 3 so - 4-th disk.
Otherwise you should remove cables one by one - power up computer and check is drive E removed, this is not recommended in the case of RAID drives., otherwise you are on the safe side.
You can also use some software to read serial numbers and check serial number of drive E, then you can read S/N on HDD and remove it. Intel or motherboard manufacturer most likely has that on DVD that came with your motherboard.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  This is not recommended in the case of RAID drives.

Which possibly might be what he has.

Let's check what he has.  What drives do you have showing under Windows?
artismobileAuthor Commented:
Just got back buying a drive. Give me one sec.
IN disk management are there more than one disk?
In device manager looks the drives ad see if you have more than one listed.

Lines, vertical are a partitioning lines
Meaning a single disk is broken into parts and each is assigned its own letter.
C e f.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
I'm tossing this graphic here for possible future use.  Might be useful as a reference point.  Or not.

Disk Management
artismobileAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your patience.
In Windows I have C, E, F, H, I   j and P are external
Device Mgr. shows 5 with 2 externals
Disk mgt shows the same. Here are some pictures with serial #s of each one, in separate posts
artismobileAuthor Commented:
artismobileAuthor Commented:
I don't think I have a RAID? I'm pretty sure my C; is the picture (drive 5) because it is a Raptor 2009 and I know my C drive is a Raptor. the other Raptor 2012 picture (drive 2 not connected) and (drive 1) are Raptors but they are newer.

Can't I just unplug one at a time while it's running and see if letter E leaves or will that bust something up? All these drives are video/picture storage
artismobileAuthor Commented:
Hold on!
I may have figured it out.
I have software WD data lifeguard diagnostic and it said drive 6 failed with the serial number for my picture drive #3 ser # wmaur0066824. I'm running a full test on it now but I think all I have to do is swap my new one out.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Nope, you don't have RAID.

>>  Can't I just unplug one at a time while it's running and see if letter E leaves or will that bust something up?

NO  You may damage the motherboard or hard drive (electrical short, etc, etc).

Look at your picture of drive3 and the top right of the drive.  See the letters WDC2001FASS there?  Those are the drives to disconnect, when the power is off.

First note that drive E: has 710 Gb free from your graphic here.

With the power off, identify the Raptor drive.  Disconnect the nearest WDC2001FASS drive.  Restart and check your drives.  Do any of them have 710 Gb free?  If no, you've found your drive.  

If yes, you haven't.  Power off, reconnect the disconnected drive, disconnect another WDC2001FASS drive, etc etc.

Note one drive shows 705 Gb free, don't get it confused with the 710 Gb drive.
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
Then the process would be as I've described ...
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
E is on your primary 60GB drive, Disk 0.
You have a raid5 and a raid 1  software based;
 I RAID5 Disk 1,2,3
H Mirror Disk 1,2
J Span Disk 1,2,3
G Striped Disk 1,2

Depending on whether you have another sata port, you could add a replacement drive on the additional port. Then if the issue is with disk 3, you would break the new drive, 4 in the appropriate partitions, the RAID 5 drive I should not be a problem, the difficulty is with the span Volume as I do not believe you can take drive 3 and replace it without impacting the data on the Span J drive.
Mirror/Raid5 include mitigation to a loss of a drive without loosing data, the Stripe, Span does not have this feature.
You might have to recreate drive J assembling the span and restoring data from backup.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:

The graphic isn't that of his drive.  It's an example graphic I picked off the Internet in case we had to determine if he had a RAID system.  I wanted something as a reference in case we needed it.  

He posted graphics of his actual system below the one you were just looking at.
DBrun thanks for correction.

Drive 4 is the boot drive.
Disk 5 is the one you seem to have issues with.  The references you had means there are several drives of the same type. Using WD diagnostic, you can identify which drive is the issue which will include the serial number.
During Bootup, get into the bios I think there you can see which drive is connected to which sata port and it includes the model and serial number..
artismobileAuthor Commented:
i loaded the new drive but it;s not showing up with no letter assigned after the instructions I followed from Fred's first post.
The replacement internal drive does not automatically get a drive letter assignment. It might not have been formated meaning unformatted, you would need to initialize the drive, partition it and format it.
You can then right click on the partition, properties and assign a drive letter.
If you want to reuse E:, you would need to first change the failing drive's E: to something else, and then set the new drive with E: letter.

you can then use robocopy to copy data from the failing drive to the new drive /copyall to preserve all ......
artismobileAuthor Commented:
I got it!
it's a weak cord that didn't seat. then it showed MBR master boot record then I could format. I think I'm good from here.
Thanks everybody. Wish I could give more points!
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