Is it possible (without consequences?)

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Maj1d

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Hello
my first post at this site, actually i created my account exclusively to get answer to my question here mentioned.
I pored over google for hours and couldn't find any answer suiting my query.

My question is,

Can i USE two hard-drives , One is old segate IDE (80 GB) of which my windows (7) has been warning me from some time to this effect " Your hard-drive may fail soon and backup your data etc. ) I fear that there really was something wrong with that drive and sometimes it would produce that certain clicking noises that experts refer to as the potential death of hard-drive.

Now recently i have purchased a 250 GB SATA drive , but i had a valuable books collection in my older hard drive. PLEASE don't suggest copying that from my old hard drive to a newer one .
The Reason I am here is to ask that is it possible that i can use both the drives without any possible consequence. I have a suspicion (with no logical support) that if i use both the drives , my new drive could be affected in some that is to say adversely , is it possible that whatever malfunction may it be of hardware nature or of software, could transfer or rather extend from my older hard-disk to new hard drive (like an infection haha !!).

I really need an expert's opinion here to put my mind at rest before i dare to do such a thing aforementioned.Am looking forward for a speedy response. Any Help will be extremely appreciated.
Thank you and forgive my mistakes if i have made any :)
 
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My advice would be to get the data off that drive and backed up now -- Windows warned you and you heard the clicking that indicates imminent drive failure. It is a mechanical drive issue and will not affect the other drive's mechanical function.

If you don't want to copy your data to the new drive, then copy it to CDs and/or DVDs before it is lost when the drive totally fails. Only then would I recommend that you continue to use the drive until it dies, which could occur any time.

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My advice would be to get the data off that drive and backed up now -- Windows warned you and you heard the clicking that indicates imminent drive failure. It is a mechanical drive issue and will not affect the other drive's mechanical function.

If you don't want to copy your data to the new drive, then copy it to CDs and/or DVDs before it is lost when the drive totally fails. Only then would I recommend that you continue to use the drive until it dies, which could occur any time.
 
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I'm highly obliged to you sir.
you have put my mind at rest. at last i can use my old but beloved hard drive without forebodings :D
not to mention stomach grumblings lest any harm should befall on my dearest 250 Gb friend.
 
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