Question C drive crashing (I think)... need help on swapping everything onto D drive

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Hi,

I have an Asus laptop with a 118 GB C drive which has windows 10 installed on it. The laptop also has a 931 GB D drive which I barely use....

Recently I have been having problems with my C drive crashing (or at least I think that this is the problem). When this happens the laptop completely freezes and I cannot do anything other than switch it off and back on again. I would say this happens twice a day on average....

In order to prevent the crashing/freezing problem I am wondering if I can just simply copy everything from the C drive over to the D drive (including Windows) and then disable the C drive? Is this possible? If so, plz can someone explain how to do so, or, point me in the direction of a guide/tutorial that can talk me through it.
 

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It's possible but there are a few steps to follow, and you need 2 software (free).

The software:

1. https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

2. https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

The process:

1. Partition your D drive to D and E using Minitool (Note: D's size must be equal or larger than C)

2. Create a backup image of C drive and save it to E drive using Macrium

3. Restore the image from E drive to D drive using Macrium

4. Switch your main boot drive to the hard disk having D and E and you are done.
 

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Assuming that D: is separate physical drive, most probably it is a mechanical drive ("hard disk"). You'll lose a lot of performance if you do that.

There are plenty of tools to "clone" a drive.
Sorry but I'm not really that clued up on hardware and just assumed all hard drives/hard disks were the same - except for the storage size!....

I definitely don't want to lose any performance so, I guess my next question is, is there any way I can definitively prove that it's the C drive that's causing the freezing? (before I consider replacing it)
 
my next question is, is there any way I can definitively prove that it's the C drive that's causing the freezing? (before I consider replacing it)
You have to diagnose it first. What make/model drive is it?

If it is SSD, then use manufacturer specific SSD tool to diagnose it.
For HDD use HDtune health. Post screenshot (upload to imgur.com and post link).
 

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You have to diagnose it first. What make/model drive is it?

If it is SSD, then use manufacturer specific SSD tool to diagnose it.
For HDD use HDtune health. Post screenshot (upload to imgur.com and post link).
I've managed to establish that the C Drive is a SSD and the D Drive is a HDD... I'm guessing that this is standard....

I have gone into the MyASUS app and have run the SSD diagnostics and it comes back with 0 errors.

For the HDD I've downloaded HD Tune 2.55 and have clicked the "Health" tab but nothing is appearing in the list..... what do I have to do here?
 
May be some other software can read SMART data. Try Crystal Disk Info.

It's also possible SMART monitoring has been turned off in BIOS and that's why you can't read health report in HDtune.

Can you at least read model names of your drives in HDtune?
 

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Your Toshiba HDD is a 5400rpm HDD, it can't match a full size desktop HDD 7200rpm performance.

So you should stay with the SSD for main boot drive.
 

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