Hard drive issues; is there something we can shut off to get data off the drive

Posted on 2014-03-20
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Have a 2nd hard drive that became unstable in I/O.  Strange, but after digging deep the only answer that can find for the issues is the drive itself.  Intermittent read errors, drive reads and then hangs, so we'll get rid of it once we get all the data off.

Given this drive was formatted and partitioned in this windows 8 machine.  Is there some indexing or other master records that may be turned off to improve the stability of the  drive while we copy the data off of it?

When connected, the drive hangs the machine and causes windows explorer and other things to make the machine unstable and have to cold boot to get the machine functioning again.  Bad for the OS.  Any ideas to help this thing limp a while until we get the data off of it?
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For sure the drive is corrupted, possible bad sectors and if you continue as is it will be destroyed

One good solution is to image (ghost, mirror etc) the drive to another drive or to a file and continue your work.

A software for that is Acronis True Image, user friendly and easy to handle

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OK; I do have Acronis.  Don't use it religiously on the data drives, but do on the root drive.

Biggest challenge is that when the drive is connected, the machine is unstable.  Even the boot at the BIOS is slow.  Clearly a bad drive.

Before I reconnect the drive and attempt an image; any suggestions that can insure minimal disruption to the machine?  Somehow get the OS to treat the drive as external or something that it forgets it was part of the machine (i.e. stop it from trying to index the drive)?  Change the drive letter or any base change?
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Alexios earned 2000 total points
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I understand your thoughts but it will have no gain to try minimizing the instability just through settings.

Try to run Acronis from USB, so no Windows will boot or try to find another DOS software like Symantec GHOST

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Thank you for quick response.
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