Program to clone a failing drive

A customer gave me a Gateway laptop with a failing hard drive. It initially fails to boot and warns that the drive has failed SMART testing and should be replaced (reallocated sector count). Its a MD1600BEVS 160 gb drive  which I am replacing with a MD3200BEVT 320 gb drive.

I was considering using rawcopy under UBCDwin. What is the best program to clone the hard drive from the old drive to the new drive.
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dovidfCEOAsked:
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dmwynneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I use clonezilla.  Free and good.  I'd recommend cloning another machine 1st so you know exactly what to do.
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shahzoorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you can use trial version of Acronis True Image
or Paragon Backup and Recovery FREE recovery Disk
Connect the failing harddrive to the computer externally using usb and then clone the drive.
Choose the option to ignore bad sectors and error messages
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dovidfCEOAuthor Commented:
Acronis requires an operating system. What operating system does Paragon use?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Paragon uses Linux or DOS on its boot cd.  
For failing drive clone have a look on Drive Image tool.
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pgm554Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Depending upon drive vendor (Seagate,WD),you can download a free migration tool from their website to image the old disk to the new.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119
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dovidfCEOAuthor Commented:
pgm554

I don't want to download anything onto the failing drive since it may cause more damage.

Shahzoor,

Why can't I clone from the damaged drive on the laptop to the new drive on USB using the Paragon boot?

dmwynne,

Can clonezilla be loaded onto a boot cd?
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shahzoorCommented:
there is no need to install it on failing drive
you can install paragon or Acronis on some other machine and then using the software burn a recovery cd
use that recovery cd in the laptop with failing harddrive
and clone it to external healthy usb HD to be used a primary HD later
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
i would make the boot cd for the paragon Backup & rescue disk : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/      

then from boot the rescue cd -  and make th image
an other way is slaving the disk to a Working PC, and runnint the image tool from it
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profgeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you considered a hardware alternative?  Cloners are inexpensive and simply clone one drive to another without being connected to a computer.

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-SATA-Hard-Drive-Duplicator/dp/B003WV5DLA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358862277&sr=8-1&keywords=hard+drive+cloner

Note that if there are damaged sectors on the original, the damaged data on those sectors may also be cloned to the duplicate.  But those could likely be fixed later on the new drive.
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pgm554Commented:
pgm554

I don't want to download anything onto the failing drive since it may cause more damage

It does come with a standalone iso that you can burn and boot from,so you don't need to install it on the failing drive.
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nobusCommented:
make the paragon cd on a working PC!
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dovidfCEOAuthor Commented:
How resilient are Acronis, Clonezilla, Paragon to errors on the source drive?
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pgm554Commented:
You just set it to ignore errors on the source and it does a pretty good job,but you never know what it may skip on the old drive.
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nobusCommented:
to answer that, you should inform us on the type of errors, and the magnitude
if a couple of sectors are bad, chances are you recover 99%
if you have several 1000 bad sectors...you can picture it for yourself?
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dovidfCEOAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input.

I actually ended up using ddrescue off of a Parted Magic cds. I heard from a number of computer repair professionals that they like it because of its sophisticated error handling. It initially found 10 mb of bad data and reduced it to 1 mb out of 160 gb.
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nobusCommented:
tx for the feedback
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