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Failing hard drive on a Windows home server

Posted on 2014-10-31
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I have an Acer aspire easy store H3 40 with the hard drive that is failing. I am wondering if anyone out there knows of a way to clone the drive prior to a total failure? Ultimately I would like to replace the drive and I have the restore software but there is no way to hook a monitor up to this system. (It makes installing software fairly difficult)

Thanks for any help
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Question by:Pat Clancy
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by:Rich Weissler
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It looks like that system has four hotplug hard drive bays.  Any chance you have multiples, with RAID 1 or 5 configured?

Worst case, if you only have one drive, and can't use this system as a 'standard computer' -- if it were me, I'd take the old drive, the new drive and plug them both into a different computer, and boot that computer from UBCD, and use one of those disk cloning tools.
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by:Pat Clancy
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I actually have Acronis true image and have tried to do a clone with that software however I get about halfway through the cloning process and the system hits the bad sectors and just shuts down. I will try one of the cloning tools from UB CD and see what happens.

Thank you for your input.
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Actually I was able to perform the clone of the desk using the Acronis software that I have.
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by:Pat Clancy
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While the expert is correct in his idea that I needed to clone the drive I failed to mention in my original post that I had tried to clone the drive using a couple of different methods all of which failed up until this point. I tried to clone one more time and was successful.
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