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Hard Drive Clone or Backup and Restore?

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OH Smeg

I would say you Are Out Of Luck.

These Dell's have a Recovery Partition as well as the Data Partition so even with Acronis it's a 2 step process and with Disc Errors it's not likely to work.

I would be saying it's a clean reinstall from Scratch and if you plan on making this system as it came from the factory it's a bit more than just a reinstall as well.

Just my 2 cents worth as after a drive has been messing around for 8 hours to do a straight Clone it's not hard to say it's not working.