Mirror Faulty Drive w/Recovery

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
April 26, 2009 at 12:42:01
Specs: XP Pro, N/A
Hi all,

A friend of mine has given me his pc for repair as his main harddrive is abou to die (its ticking) its a sony viao TOWER not laptop.

on his C:/ he has a hidden recovery section from which is was able to reinstall windows and all drives from to see if the problem would persist (promblem is freezing, crashing due to faulty drive)

my question is:

if i were to mirror his drive using someting like Casper XP to another (new) harddrive will that recovery files all be copied over too?

from that point i will then be able to hopefully get the recovery program to reinstall windows media edition and all drives on the new drive.

iv not attempted such thing before so would appreciate some help if possible. i have a new drive which is 500gig (old one is 300gig) and have software to do the transfer - i just need to know if the recovery files will transfer over and work on the new drive if i were able to mirror it?


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April 26, 2009 at 12:55:29
If you use a program like Acronis or Ghost and do a complete disk image, that will copy both partitions. However, If the drive is faulty, the copy might be faulty.

Also, if a recovery will work with a different disk, I don't know. Maybe someone else does know for sure.

In my opinion it's probably worth a try. I don't see what you have to lose.

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April 26, 2009 at 12:58:14
Seagate disk wizard is a cut down version of Acronis. (its Free)

You need to clone the drive. I also think you have nothing to lose.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.

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April 26, 2009 at 14:24:29
Both are excellent ideas . In most cases like this the new drive usually comes with or is available a downloadable utillity that will perform this action as well. As stated above though the copying process may become faulty as well....

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April 27, 2009 at 01:17:55
Excellent, well there is northing to loose as you guys have said so will give it a go, i was unsure if i should attempt it so wanted some advice before i attempted anything. seems you lot have tried this before and know what i should do so thank you very much for you help and advise i will go ahead and try it. i will no doubt come back if i run into problems and will keep you posted on how i get on.

Thanks everyone.

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