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I prefer Seagate drives . . .
and their excellent and free cloning software that comes with each new drive. Based on Acronis BTW. Super simple, you install it on the working hard drive. You then attach the new drive either as a slave or by using an external USB case. You run the program from the host PC, it sets up, and makes an exact duplicate of that drive. In case of a catastrophic failure all you have to do is swap drives. Done.
I've done this more times than I can count. I have clones of this PC, my network/web server, and my three laptops. I clone my PC about once a month to keep up with additions or deletions. The other PCs after any major changes or a ton of Windows updates.
To reclone the drive again after changes, you have to do a quick format of the drive to be cloned so that the Seagate Disk Wizard sees a blank drive. BTW, all my PCs are IBM/Levono. The program also clones the hidden restoral partition.
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