Hard drive failing

October 15, 2010 at 07:49:15
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, i7 920 / 6GB
My hard drive is failing and the PC fails to boot. I need to copy over the contents to a new one. I have tested the old drive and it reports that the SMART has been tripped and there are too many bad sectors to repair. I have read that if you clone one disc to another you merely replicate any problem that you had on the old drive. Will I be able at least to copy over any data? I use XXClone

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#1
October 15, 2010 at 07:59:06
There are cloning programs that let you skip bad sectors, but I doubt that would work in your case. Certain versions of Norton Ghost have that option.

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#2
October 15, 2010 at 08:16:56
Try Easeus's Disk Copy:

http://www./disk-copy/


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#3
October 16, 2010 at 03:45:00
Going back to the idea of just transferring over the data. I installed the failing disc into another PC. This PC boots from a SATA drive into Windows XP. There are 4 connectors on the M/B. The boot drive is connected to No. 1 and the failing drive to No. 2. Now this PC will not boot with the failing drive connected. OK without it though.

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#4
October 16, 2010 at 15:34:06
Is the failing drive listed as option #1 in the boot order when connected ? You might also try connecting it to a different SATA port, or get an external enclosure and hook it up externally.

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