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October 15, 2012 11:40:04 AM

Hello,
I have a Dell Inspiron 560 computer running Windows 7, Professional Version.

The computer was working fine and then suddenly blacked out and would not go past the "Starting Windows" screen.

I ran the diagnostic and determined that the problem is with the hard drive. I have the error codes if that would help anyone, but it would appear that the thing to do is to replace the hard drive. If that is the case, after I install the new hard drive, what is the best way to get the data that is on my defective hard drive transferred to the new hard drive?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

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October 15, 2012 7:57:08 PM

Clone your drive sector-by-sector using a tool (eg ddrescue) that knows how to work around bad sectors, and then use data recovery software on the clone.

http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

Ddrescue can perform multipass cloning. It clones the easy sectors on the first pass, and attempts the more difficult ones on subsequent passes. It keeps a log, allowing it to resume after an interruption.
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