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Laptop HDD imaging / Change

I have a laptop (HP Pavilion dv6), in which the harddisk is complaining with some bad sectors. So, I decided to transport the image to another similar hard disk and replace it in the laptop so that I don't need to worry about rebuilding it from the scratch.

Is there an easy way or a software that can help me do that.

I plugged both new and old hdd's to a different computer using sata-to-usb connectors and transfered all the files using xcopy command. when I plugged in the new hdd into my laptop, it says, "No boot disk.." error. apparently, the xcopy trick I used did not work..

Any help in getting the HDD replacement would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

Thank You,
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Skerw
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TazDevil1674Commented:
There are many utilities to do this (free and paid...)

The one I use (very sucessfully) is DriveSnapShot - http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en

You can use it free for a trial (fully functional) or pay the €39

You can create the images whilst running windows or by plugging into another machine...
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DavidCommented:
xcopy copies FILES, not raw physical blocks.  Lots of freebies out there, but I would create a bootable usb stick by going to ubuntu.com and following instructions.   Boot to the USB stick and then use the partition magic software to clone a disk (and resize partitions in the process).
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DavidCommented:
Or go to a PC store and there are plenty of $19.95 partitioning/cloning products if you aren't comfortable doing anything with unix.  Also there are drive cloning products free on most HDD manufacturer sites.

So if you bought a wd or seagate disk to put in the new laptop, both their sites have a freebie utility to migrate.
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TazDevil1674Commented:
BTW if you use the DriveSnapshot software, it can re-create the partitions as on the original disk...
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nobusCommented:
i use the FREE Paragon B&R  : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/      
works easy, and fast, and adapts to different disk sizes
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noxchoCommented:
First of all if you want to replace the HDD think about SSD drive. It is not as expensive nowadays as it was before. But it gives really very good speed.
Then run on existing system CHKDSK X:/r where X: is the drive letter of partitions you have on it.
When finished use Paragon Drive Copy 11 Pro: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/ to clone the HDD to new drive. If you go with SSD as new drive then Migrate OS to SSD will help you: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/
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OMC_HammerCommented:
Use Active Bootdisk it is based in Windows PE
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OMC_HammerCommented:
As for your bad disk try to refurbished it with HD regenerator
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SkerwAuthor Commented:
Thank You very much for the suggested solutions. I greatly appreciate your help and support.
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nobusCommented:
it would be nice if you posted which one you used
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