need to clone a failing HD

Posted on 2006-06-17
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I usually use norton ghost to clone the HD's. Now it is not an option as it is failing ( doesnt force eighter ). The HD started giving s.m.a.r.t failure too. Soon to be crashed.

What other alternatives do i possibly have at the moment that would sucessfully clone the drive ?  ( free options would be great ) Since the time is running out fast i really can not do an extensive search.

thank you all for your time
Question by:Purple_Sky
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PUNKY earned 600 total points
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First, I would say "do not write anything else on that drive".
Second, copy your valued data to either other harddrive, or CD.
Then, now you can try cloning. I would surprise that you could ghost it, it should do the job even the drive is starting to fail, but not dead yet! I did on my similar issues, even have to try couple of times to get success.

You could place this drive as slave drive and start to transfer data, clone.
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ded9 earned 800 total points
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download hirenbootcd it has a load of utility for a failing harddisk even create image of hard disk rom boot itself

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rindi earned 600 total points
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Bootit-ng is one of the better cloning utilities, or acronis.



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all the tools had reading errors... so i dont think this HD can be cloned. We got the documents out slaving it to a different system.

hiren boot cd is an excellent package. Thank you for the recommendations.
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Thanks Dude

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