How to clone Failing Laptop HDD

By Goldenbarstewart ·
A customer brought in a Gateway laptop complaining that it was behaving erratically - sometimes would not boot at all, sometimes a message appears indicating OS not found, sometimes boot normally. I suspected hard drive issues and after running chkdsk /f I attempted to create an image of the C drive with Norton Ghost 12 - but the image creation failed. A message appeared saying the the errors found on the drive precluded the creation of a successful image. I was able to create an image of the recovery partition, however, and also created a DVD with the apps and drivers. But apparently the OS recovery cannot happen without the OS running, and there does not seem to be an app to create a Recovery CD/DVD for the OS (Vista Home Premium.) Norton did allow me to create an image of the C drive if I checked off 'ignore bad sectors during copying,' but I don't know how valid that image would be when restored on a new HDD. So, to make a long story short, I'd like to try to clone the old hard drive onto a new one, while the old drive is still alive. Norton has a feature to clone a drive but I'm not sure how to use it. So how would you proceed? Your help, as always, is invaluable and very much appreciated.

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Well as it

by OH Smeg In reply to Really?

Had gone to Silicon Heaven during a 5 minute Test I very much doubt that it would have survived a Data Backup so It's not my fault.

Besides they should have Backup's that I could recover their Data from, if not their Data isn't Important to them and it's certainly not important to me as I don't even way to look to see how much there is let alone what there is.

I don't have the time to waste looking at other peoples stuff even when they want to show me let alone to go looking.


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Acquire a copy of SpinRite

by SKDTech In reply to How to clone Failing Lapt ...

Purchase a copy of Spinrite and boot into it on the suspect PC. Let it run and it should fix the drive sufficient to perform a drive image. If there are too many consecutive bad sectors it will fail, though if this is the case you are pretty much screwed for creating an image of the drive as it is and will have to resort to salvaging what data and registration numbers you can.

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How to Use the Recovery Partition?

by Goldenbarstewart In reply to Acquire a copy of SpinRit ...

Can you suggest how to use the Recovery Partition from the dying drive to recover the OS onto a new raw HDD? Or is this not possible?

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You need to Clone the Recovery Partition to the New HDD

by OH Smeg In reply to How to Use the Recovery P ...

And then run the Rebuilding sequence.

Generally however it is easier to just clone Both Partitions with the Recovery being the First Partition to clone and then the Main Data Partition.


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