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How to clone a drive with bad sectors?

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Anonymous
October 30, 2013 4:45:22 AM

I'm currently fixing a friends netbook, which the hard drive would freak out after about 5 minutes and stop being detected. I took it apart and found tons of corrosion on the drive's pcb, and the interface was not making a good connection with the drive itself.

I have it working now, no more freakouts, but they still want to replace the drive. I ran chkdsk, and found that there are 4kb in bad sectors. I pulled up macrium reflect, and it gets an error about 23% through the drive copy, because of this bad sector. I tried clonezilla, and got a "failure to copy" and then it just stops.

Whats a program I can use to get this drive cloned? its a netbook so there's no dvd drive, and the factory restore partition only wants to rewrite the hard drive, it wont let me make a bootable disk.

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a c 318 G Storage
October 30, 2013 7:01:18 AM

All drive-imaging and cloning software operates in the same way so if you've tried two without success it's going to be the same whatever you use.

If your friend needs data rescuing from the drive you'll have to put it into an external enclosure and see what, if anything, can be copied from it. Whatever you do, the drive will have to be replaced anyway so your friend is right about that.

If your friend had backed up his/her data when the drive was working okay, (or better still created a disk image of it) the drive could then have been replaced without worrying about losing anything.
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2013 9:28:29 PM

Old version of Norton Ghost has the option of Force cloning. This clones the drive even it has bad sectors.
Not sure if newer version still has this feature.
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Anonymous
November 1, 2013 1:59:03 PM

Thank you for the replies, I ended up just reinstalling windows via usb stick. I had no problem getting their data off the drive. Its just odd how such a small portion of a drive can screw up an entire cloning process.
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February 22, 2014 5:40:53 PM

lp231 said:
Old version of Norton Ghost has the option of Force cloning. This clones the drive even it has bad sectors.
Not sure if newer version still has this feature.


Force cloning sounds like what I need (machine runs fine, I just can't restore, repair or clone due to the disk errors). Do you know what specific version of Ghost offers this option? Thank you!!

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