Forgive me if my terminology is all wrong, but I'll try to best explain what I need. When booting up, Windows 8 has started giving me messages that my hard drive (a Samsung HD502HJ) is failing (normally I use sleep mode when away from the machine, and only reboot for updates etc). I've run the various Windows disk utilities on it, but they don't detect any problems beyond this one message I get during start up. Regardless of the test results, I guess I'll need to replace the drive just to be on the safe side. But, I'm wondering what the best way is to clone all my current data onto the new drive so I won't need to redownload or reinstall all the hundreds of gigs of data (Steam games, music, and the like) that I currently have installed. Should I just use Windows to back up and restore, or is there a faster way to simply use some other utility to just copy/clone everything over? I don't mind buying some utility if needed (if the price isn't ridiculous), as what's most important to me is simply getting this done with the least amount of time and effort on my end as possible. Thanks for any tips. In my 25~ years of PC use, I've never been in a situation where I've needed to know much more about this type of thing other than simply manually backing up a few important files, throwing my old drive away, and then starting over.