Endless problems cloning drive

June 6, 2009 at 15:22:22
Specs: Windows XP SP3
Alright I am goin to rephrase my previous question as it seems as I was going about things the wrong way and didnt actualy know what the problem was. I'll start from the beginning and describe everything I have done and hopefully some one can recommend a course of action.

It all started about a week ago when I was downloading a torrent, the torrent stopped suddenly a reported a cyclic redundancy check error, a quick google search returned that the hard disk was failing and in need of replacement. I ordered two new 500gb SATA drives (one so that I could finally start backng things up) and rebooted the system, this time windows did not start.

When the two new drives arrived, I had already downloaded Hirens boot cd as it seemed most apt for the problem. I decided on using acronis true image within the boot cd and tried to clone the old failing drive to the new. This had barely started when it began reporting bad sector messages left right and centre, so I gave up on this.

Some more research discovered spinrite, which seemed like the perfect solution, it began working on the disk and fixed many bad sectors, however, becuase there was only about 3 GB free space on this 160 GB drive, the estimated finish time went from 5 hours to 190 hours and kept increasing after only 5 hours of operation, so I aborted.

After posting my problem here, I was recomended unstoppable copier, which was included on hirens boot cd, so I used this and copied C:/ to D:/, which only took 4 hours and reported that the only corrupt file was the one was being downloaded when I got the cyclic redundancy check. However many files were skipped, around 200, and also not many windows files appeared to be copied.

A quick check in the cd boot version of windows xp showed that while all files had been copied and were accessible, the windows folder seemed only to hold some NTUNINSTALL file folders, or something along the lines of that, and not what I am used to seeing.

When I tried booting from the new hard disk when all files were copied, after the boot screen for the motherboard, a flashing line appeared and nothing happened.

I also used my windows XP cd to perhaps try and repair the windows install, however no installs were found when clicking on set up windows. I didnt do ASR or anything like that.

That is basically where I'm at now, all I want to do is get everything off the old drive onto the new drive and just boot the old windows install and keep using it.

Hope some one can help!! Thanks in advance, this place is great!!

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June 6, 2009 at 15:30:32
Is the original drive a PATA interface drive?

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June 6, 2009 at 15:31:45
no sorry I should have said, the original drive s a 160GB seagate SATA, and the new one is a 500 GB western digital SATA.

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June 6, 2009 at 16:04:28
By this time you could have used a clean install of XP, applied all the service packs and reloaded all the applications.

And you'd be done.

Consider it now before you keep going.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 6, 2009 at 16:05:35
I would go back to trying Acronis. When doing the clone, there should be an optional setting to "copy sectors" or something similar. This will copy the drive literally bit by bit, even those sections which are bad or corrupt. Once you have everything cloned to the new drive, then try running chkdsk (on the new drive) or a similar tool to repair any problems.

Should that fail, it sounds like your drive may be so damaged that you won't be able to copy everything needed off of it. In that case, you should try to copy as much as you can to a new disk, then install Windows on that disk. As long as you don't do any "format" operations during the setup, Windows will be installed without deleting any of the other personal files/folders you have on the drive.

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June 6, 2009 at 21:02:56
So was there any particular reason you didn't use the utility specifically designed for that purpose and provided by the drive manufacturer for free?

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June 7, 2009 at 04:50:48
I did look at using seagates tool, but it was powered by acronis, so I thought it best to use the real deal.

What is incredibly perplexing is that whilst using windows xp from hirens boot cd, the only file folders that are displayed in the C:\WINDOWS folder are $NTUNINSTAL####### and other folders like that, there are alot. like maybe 40, and nothing else.
What are theses, and could this mean the reason my original clone couldn't boot was because the windows install managed to disappear? Like I said, when performing the clone with unstoppable copier, absolutely all my files were copied no problems, apart from a few that were skipped for no reason and one that was corrupt that caused the problem in the first place.

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June 7, 2009 at 05:44:33
I have been popping in from time to time watching this thread.

The problem started when downloading a torrent?
Did you have any problems before that?

To keep it short:
Torrent are downloaded in bits and pieces from multiple computers.
Did you read any comments from other down loaders before getting the files?
Are you using a program to avoid fake torrents?

I agree with jefro in #3.
Do a clean install.
Put your old hd in as a slave.
Check it for viruses and bad sectors.

If it comes up clean you can then copy any files you want to save onto the new hard drive.

Get the new hd loaded and working then deal with the old hard drive and recovering any files. If you clone it and it's infected then you are just duplicating the problem.

Hope you get it all back up and running soon. :-)

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