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Question about CloneZilla

I am cloning a somewhat defective 120GB drive to a new 1TB drive using CloneZilla.

I've never run this program before, and I accepted all the defaults.  I think things are going fine, but due to the disk errors, my CloneZilla screen is full of Linux-looking status and error messages such as, "[11877.097361]  ATA4.00: Failed Command: Read DMA"

The last text on the screen right now is: [12736.076420] ATA4.00: error: { UNC ]

The drive light is basically on solid.  Just need to know, do you think everything is OK?  I can't tell a thing other than the fact that the drive light is on!
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wantabe2Commented:
it didn't work unless y0u get a copy complete message
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wantabe2Commented:
here's a post about running it in reswcue mode that might help you

http://sourceforge.net/projects/clonezilla/forums/forum/663168/topic/4023981?vm=r
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Jim-RCommented:
Even the commercially paid for software like Ghost needs options set to continue copying when encountering errors. Unfortunately, Clonezilla options for continuing when errors are encountered during the copying operation are not well documented.  Some users have posted the " -rescue -force switches may be used.

Here is a discussion of cloning disks with bad sectore with Clonezilla  with some Q&A in it.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Now that CloneZilla has run, there seems to be nothing on the drive now.  

For some reson, my hard drive, while showing up in "My Computer" and giving me access to files (along with some corrupted areas) before CloneZilla, stopped functioning altogether after CloneZilla.  Maybe it's just a coincidence, but it now powers up, and shows up as an empty drive in Disk management.  Ontrack's EasyRecovery Professional finds nothing on the drive even in raw mode.  It takes about 15 minutes to even detect the drive at all, so something big happened. :-(
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FlippCommented:
You need spinrite! Seriously the best tool to repair a HDD.
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Jim-RCommented:
DaveWWW:

From your last comment, you should rescue your important data from the drive if you have not already managed to do so.  Taking 15 minutes to show up indicates problems with the drive that are going to manifest themselves as total drive failure.

Get a new drive, reinstall your OS / programs etc and restore your data from the rescued information.

No offense to Flipp, but I'm pretty sure Spinrite would warn you in a similar fashion.  The more activity you perform with this drive, the faster it will die.  It will likely not last through the activity Spinrite would need to put it through to repair it.

Don't forget to rescue the little thought of items such as "Favorites" (bookmarks), mail files (PST etc).  
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately when I say "show up" I mean that's all it does, in disk management. No drive letter, no used space.  I have a rough backup so I'm not panicing. I have a couple of folders I wouldn't mind getting. Will spinrite recover files when the drive appears to be empty?  Keep in mind there's something 3/4 dead about the drive.
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Jim-RCommented:
Spinrite tries to recondition the surface of the drive by a reading, analysis and rewriting procedure.  This puts some strain on the drive, but Spinrite will warn you if it thinks the drive can't handle the stress.  

GRC dot com is actually a pretty interesting site to visit.  (This is Spinrite's home page)  There is some free stuff there as well.

Put grc.com in the address bar and it will take you there.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  Definitely going to try SpinRite.
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