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Old 03-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Backing up a failing HD to a blank Hard Drive.

My HD gave me that "Hard Drive Failure Is Imminent" SMART message. And thanks to the smart people here at Tech Forums, i know i gotta back up my stuff ASAP.

I dont have a VISTA disc, but i do have a totally empty 500GB Hard Drive.
Never got around to installing it because the small size of my computer case.

So my question is, whats the procedure for backing up a totally failing HD to a blank one?
Can i put the 500GB as a secondairy one and just click "backup" on my computer and get all the info on the new HD? Do i need a VISTA disc? Do i do it from Recovery Manager?

Iv got all the parts infront of me, plenty of time and am hoping the desktop will be functional today.

Let me know.
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Iv seen the option to Backup Hard Drive in Recovery Manager and My Computer, is it not that simple? Can it just copy everything from the failing HD to the new HD.
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Default Re: Backing up a failing HD to a blank Hard Drive.

ok. Are you planning on just saving DATA or would you like to clone the whole drive to make it bootable as it currently is right now?

If you want to clone it I'd suggest: Norton Ghost 14 30 Day Trail. Symantec Home & Home Office Store

But I believe in your other thread Charles_Scott gave you the best advice.

* Install the Second 500G drive and start backing up ALL IMPORTANT DATA.
* Purchase new DRIVE and reinstall OS and all your programs/drivers.

If the drive is reporting errors. There is a very good chance that the GHOST will go bad. Then you are up the creek without a paddle.

SAVE DATA & BUY NEW DRIVE AND START FROM SCRATCH.
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ok. Are you planning on just saving DATA or would you like to clone the whole drive to make it bootable as it currently is right now?

If you want to clone it I'd suggest: Norton Ghost 14 30 Day Trail. Symantec Home & Home Office Store

But I believe in your other thread Charles_Scott gave you the best advice.

* Install the Second 500G drive and start backing up ALL IMPORTANT DATA.
* Purchase new DRIVE and reinstall OS and all your programs/drivers.

If the drive is reporting errors. There is a very good chance that the GHOST will go bad. Then you are up the creek without a paddle.

SAVE DATA & BUY NEW DRIVE AND START FROM SCRATCH.
Well the thing is, last time i did that. Saved some important data then whiped. A couple months later, i realized i deleted some really important things. So if its possible, i would like to backup everything. Iv seen it in Recovery Manager and My Computer, is it not that simple? Can it just copy everything from the HD to the new HD. Also, why would i have to purchase a 3rd Hard Drive when i have a new 500GB?

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If you want to clone it I'd suggest: Norton Ghost 14 30 Day Trail.
However make sure you select the option of ignor drive errors. Otherwise ghost will stop at the working the second it detects an error on the drive. Errors being a failing hard drive.
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I prefer XXclone, simpler and free.
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I prefer XXclone, simpler and free.
I might look at XXclone for my situation where i need to clone a drive that is connected to a RAID Card.
Symantec has been usefull at **** on a bull to me on this case.
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