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Windows 7: Why is my C:\Recovery folder empty? (trying to create Recovery Disc)

16 Sep 2014   #31
gregrocker

 

If you can't get Hitachi drive fitness test to run as shown in tutorial then confirm its condition with the other tests suggested. If it is clearly failing I would not trust drive repairs but either RMA or replace.


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16 Sep 2014   #32
Marzipan

Windows 7 64 bit Home
 
 

Was there a Hitachi tutorial? I didn't see that anywhere
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16 Sep 2014   #33
gregrocker

 

I provided this tutorial Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure in which John discusses HDFT.

I have only gotten it to run lately from Windows slaving the test HD.
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16 Sep 2014   #34
Marzipan

Windows 7 64 bit Home
 
 

Oh yes, I see what you mean now. I already ran that one, but it's no use if the drive is the one the OS is running on.

Cheers
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16 Sep 2014   #35
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If the diag reported drive problems, it's unlikely anything you can do will fix it. Your best bet is to replace it now, while it's still somewhat functional, that way you can hopefully clone the old drive to a new one. Otherwise you're looking at a new install to the new drive.

If nothing else, please backup your data now.
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17 Sep 2014   #36
Marzipan

Windows 7 64 bit Home
 
 

Ok, thank you. I hadn't appreciated the seriousness of the situation. I'll look into getting a replacement disk. The cloning idea sounds like a good approach. I've never had hard disk trouble before, so this is new territory for me.

Two further questions:
1. any good recommendations regarding cloning?
2. if I decide to clone, does the replacement disk have to be the exact same model? I was thinking of getting an SSD instead of the current disk.

thanks!
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17 Sep 2014   #37
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No, does not have to be the same. Cloning is often used when people change from a HDD to a SSD. Normally, people install a SSD for the operating system and a HDD for data (pictures, movies, music, games, etc.). The SSD has to be large enough to hold the cloned data from the HDD. For instance, if the HDD is 300GB, it is probably only partially full so a SSD of 250GB or so would probably be sufficient. If it's going to be the only drive then larger is better.

Whatever you decide, also include in your planning an external hard drive (not SSD) big enough to hold several image backups. That way if anything happens to the SSD, recovery is 20-30 minutes away.

Macrium Reflect Free is a good choice for cloning drives and also a good choice for doing image backups. I use it at the shop and Acronis True Image (not free) at home.
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17 Sep 2014   #38
Marzipan

Windows 7 64 bit Home
 
 

Thanks very much! Downloading Macrium right now.
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