|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!!