Hi. My new laptop has a semi-faulty hard drive. It works just fine, but makes crackling noises when the laptop is moved. I contacted ASUS and I am in the process of RMA'ing it for another one. It is a 500GB Seagate ST9500325AS 5400RPM SATA II drive. When I first opened the laptop out of its box, I immediately plugged in my USB flash drive and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 x64. I then installed all the necessary drivers and software that I use. It was a few hours after this that it started making that sound. So the hard drive works just fine, but makes weird noises. I'm getting a new hard drive (identical model) in the mail in a week. Would it be a good idea to make an image of the hard drive so that I can load up my current file system to the new hard drive when it comes? Keep in mind that this drive makes funny noises but seems to work just fine. If so, how would I go about doing this? I assume I'd need to buy a 2.5" to 3.5" USB or SATA adapter/mounting kit from a store somewhere, and then use some sort of software to make a perfect image of the hard drive. What software would be the best to use? Could there be problems in restoring an image of my system? (even though the new hard drive will be the exact same model, it's still a new hard drive) Would it corrupt the OS since the file system hasn't been developed naturally and i'm just kind of slapping it on?