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  1.    10 Sep 2016 #11
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 35

    If this machine was previously upgraded to Win10 you don't need to do a clean install of Win7. Copy your files to another disk and just do a clean install of Win10. You should have a digital entitlement from prior upgrade so skip the entry of your product key.
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  2.    10 Sep 2016 #12

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    It was in question 'cos of the start of his original thread here: quoted in #1. Just wanted to be sure, and not onerous to do. See #16
    Black Screen after Windows Update (Windows 10)
    Hmmmm but....

    "Removing the HDD and putting it in an external USB caddy, I can read all the files/data in the drive - such as photos and documents which leads me to suspect that the update screwed the boot area of the OS somehow."

    Either way, I see where you are coming from
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  3.    12 Sep 2016 #13
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10

    Thanks for the replies chaps.

    There is definitely something flaky about this WD Black HDD.

    Every time I shut the machine down and do a cold boot, I get a temporary profile when the machine is next switched on.

    Going to get a new HDD, clone my old Win 7 HDD onto the new HDD (so that I don't have to spend a week putting all my old installed programs back) and then upgrade the machine to Win 10.

    Not as good as a clean install I agree.

    Anyone suggest a fast 2.5in HDD that is under 1TB (as one of my programs won't run for some reason if the HDD is 1Tb or larger)!

    Are the WD Black drives still top o' the heap??

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  4.    12 Sep 2016 #14
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 5,738
    Win 10 Pro (1607)

    Toshiba- no problems. Seem to be quite a few reports related to Seagate and WD here- at least that's my impression. As to why...??
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  5.    12 Sep 2016 #15
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10

    Thanks dalchina.

    I've never had a Toshiba HDD go south on me.

    A couple of IBM Travelstars (or their HGST equivalents) and now a WD Black.

    Never had a problem with WD Blue drives.

    Have ordered a WD Blue for my poorly DELL laptop.

    Incidentally, my daughter's netbook (with a 320GB HGST HDD) has also gone south, so I have bought her a Toshiba 500GB HDD and will either put Win 10 back on that or turn it into a Chromebook.

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  6.    13 Sep 2016 #16

    The Backblaze reports are the definitive source for disk reliability info. They run tens of thousands of disks for billions of usage hours, because their business is serving the cloud. Check the May 2016 report out for a good comparison of most major brands. If I believe any third party for this kind of stuff, these guys are included (I'm also partial to Tom's Hardware).
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