Thanks everyone, brilliant to have this help.
Hope I'm not hijacking the thread back.
Golden: I tried to use RoboCopy, which I can see is a useful tool. But, it got stuck trying to get past files which required Admin permission. I tried changing permissions, and I tried using the '/dat:' command, but not much help.
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
What exactly is it you want to do with PW CD?
Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what it is you want to do and we'll help you get it sorted, including repairing Startup permanently which is best done from DVD Repair console or Repair CD. System Repair Disc - Create
Personally, just from what you describe I'd be eager to get a perfect clean reinstall which will solve all issues and give you the freshest possible start. Is this an option for you? Reinstalling Windows 7
Here's a snip of my Disk Mgmnt:
What do I need to be able to clean reinstall Windows 7? (As much as I could glean from your article, I don't need much? A system recovery disk?)
I guess there are two separate issues:
Quote: Originally Posted by GunnyTeufulhund
Not that I'm trying to hijack the thread. But I couldn't help but to try and assist. Having just gone through this with a customers rig.
It sounds as if you have a hard drive that is starting to fail. You should definitely back up everything you can. Next thing I would do is to get a replacement drive and clone your original drive to the replacement drive. Using something like Acronis True Image 2011 or XXClone. And a simple IDE/SATA adapter like this USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5" 3.5" Hard Drives | eBay
By doing so you will have a replacement for your hard drive with (hopefully) a larger, faster unit. That is now the exact same as your original, including factory restore partitions. (Only it won't be losing the Master Boot Record information or some such requiring you to keep using start-up repair).
I have a small computer repair business. And one of the things I make a standard practice is to clone the customers drive. It doesn't take long, isn't hard to do, and insures that the customers DATA will remain intact no matter what is done. This has saved my bacon on several occasions and led to a good reputation.
Now you can work on your system with confidence that all your data is totally backed up. If it were me. The first thing I would do is a thorough Malware scan with something like Malwarebytes. Next would be to address the back-up problem.
I have found several decent solutions. One has been as simple as deleting the "System Reserved" partition and using a Windows 7 installation disc to do a "Start-up" repair. Another one I found on another forum. I hope it is ok to post it here. My next post will be a copy of that article.
I) Is my HDD completely on the way out, or does it just have startup problems? [Asked at a PC shop, they thought it was dodgy and just working (slightly sporadically) until it really busts and goes into 'cascade error'. Also, my friend had a look at it: he definitely did a malware scan, and, as he had to back up my files, might also have down a clean reinstall, I'm not sure. Is there an easy way to check if the HDD has reparable faults, or needs to be cloned and chucked?]
II) I need to be able to back-up my files because of the threat of the HDD completely shutting down. I thought using the PW disc might allow me to use Windows Backup again (it hasn't been working, hence my original post on the thread).
Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
I'm not sure why you are focusing on Partition Wizard. It appears your main concern is you may lose your data. Maybe your HDD is on the way out or any other number of issues causing an intermittent start problem.
You may want to see if you can make a Macrium Reflect image. This may be a faster way to "backup" your PC. If it is a HDD failing it can be used to restore to a new HDD or simply mounted independently of your current HDD for data to be recovered.
I would recommend Macrium over Windows imaging in this case.
However, if I can image my HDD using Macrium (I'm going to have a shot at it straight after posting this) maybe that would be the best solution? If it works well, and there is no risk of non-recovery, perhaps I should just image my disk and get on with making a clone and replacing the HDD?
[Is this a potential problem?
Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
With Macrium Reflect you need to check that your system will boot under the linux DVD. Some system configurations have problems. It's best to make the pe disk if only for a safeguard. Hirens Boot CD has an earlier Macrium built in but can be used for recovery for V5 I think.
Thanks again for all the help,