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Windows 7: Cannot clone my HDD - bad sector.

28 May 2015   #1
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Cannot clone my HDD - bad sector.

Hi,

Windows 7 PC, WD HDD.

I was trying to clone it using Macrium Reflect (I have done it successfully many times before) but this time I got an error - "Clone Failed - Read Failed - 13 - Broken Pipe".

I ran diskcheck and also downloaded WD diagnostic utility to test. WD utility found a bad sector but failed to fix it.

My PC is running well, and the WD HDD that causing the issue is recently installed and was cloned from a previous HDD that failed.

Is there any way to fix the bad sector so it can be cloned.....?
What are my options....?


Thanks,
-BBDS


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28 May 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You say you ran "diskcheck". Do you mean chkdsk?

If so, did it run to completion or give you any sort of error message if it failed to run to completion?

Did the WD utility have any sort of message for you other than "no can fix"?

Is imaging suitable for your purposes, rather than cloning?

Have you attempted to clone with some other tool, such as Aomei?
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29 May 2015   #3
MightyMiroWD

Windows 7
 
 

Hi there.

Can you provide us with the exact DLG code from the test?

Basically you can't repair bad sectors since they don't get repaired, but just "reallocated/replaced" - the OS only marks them as bad at the file system level and ignores them after that.

During the cloning process if there are any errors and software bad sectors on the HDD they will be transferred to the destination drive, and probably that's what happened. Nonetheless you can try with another cloning tool such as Acronis True Image WD Edition which you can download for free from the official WD website:

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Also, here's a KB article with the steps how to do it:

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Let us know how it went.
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29 May 2015   #4
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You say you ran "diskcheck". Do you mean chkdsk?

If so, did it run to completion or give you any sort of error message if it failed to run to completion?

Did the WD utility have any sort of message for you other than "no can fix"?

Is imaging suitable for your purposes, rather than cloning?

Have you attempted to clone with some other tool, such as Aomei?
Thank you for your reply.

1. Yes chkdsk - Windows utility, and it ran to completion, but cloning failed after that, so I downloaded WD diagnostic tool from WD website and it ran for 2 hrs and after the completion I got a message - Bad Sector Found, Do You Want to Repair, I replied 'YES' but immediately got a response - 'Cannot fix it'.

2. I have never done imaging, I guess I need to learn about it. I have been cloning all my HDDs for all my PCs for many years now.

3. I am not familiar with Aomei, I will look into it, but the bad sector may be an issue for Aomei also.


-BBDS
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29 May 2015   #5
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MightyMiroWD View Post
Hi there.

Can you provide us with the exact DLG code from the test?

Basically you can't repair bad sectors since they don't get repaired, but just "reallocated/replaced" - the OS only marks them as bad at the file system level and ignores them after that.

During the cloning process if there are any errors and software bad sectors on the HDD they will be transferred to the destination drive, and probably that's what happened. Nonetheless you can try with another cloning tool such as Acronis True Image WD Edition which you can download for free from the official WD website:

Support Answers

Also, here's a KB article with the steps how to do it:

Support Answers

Let us know how it went.
I do not know what DLG code is.

OK, I will try Acronis and let you know. If cloning cannot be done I will try to learn how to do imaging - all I need is a backup to restore my PC if HDD fails.

Thanks,
-BBDS
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29 May 2015   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Somebody said Spinrite 6 [booted and run externally] will fix a bad sector by relocating sector/cluster allocation elsewhere and marking said bad area as unusable. I'm not certain if Norton Utilities 16 will do the above; haven't tried it.
I think imaging will also "trip" over certain HD errors, especially during any Restore attempt.
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29 May 2015   #7
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Spinrite is $90. I can buy and install new Window7 for $90.


In my case I need a free tool.


Thanks,
-BBDS
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29 May 2015   #8
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

True, however, how much is your time and energy worth? Do you remember how much time and energy you invested in installing, configuring, testing, reconfiguring all your Windows utilities and all your external-to-Windows programs and utilities?
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29 May 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Maybe you can check EaseUS Partition Master Disk surface test, check disk bad sectors and hard drive error.

Now partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master, its Surface test is available for computer users. It can identify bad sectors by reviewing the hard drive. When it finds bad sectors, it will mark those sectors as bad with red color so that the system knows not to use them. It may allow them to be read, in case the data stored on the bad sector is still accessible, but they cannot be written to.

1. Download EaseUS Partition Master and install it. After that, launch EaseUS Partition Master.
2. Select the hard disk you want to test surface, right click the hard disk and select Check parition.
3. Select Surface Test, then EaseUS Partition Master starts checking bad sectors for hard disk. Bad sectors will be marked as red.
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02 Jun 2015   #10
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Tried EaseUS Partition Master and it found a bad sector but still cloning failed.
Went the imaging route and it worked, also created a repair CD.

As long as I can restore windows and hopefully programs - I am good.

Thanks for you help.
-BBDS
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