Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Recovering Failed HDD Problems


16 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Recovering Failed HDD Problems

Ok, my HDD hasn't actually failed yet but it is failing and I want to get my data off of it. I would rather have a sort of recovery image made of the failing drive but I can't get into Windows for long enough to get recovery started. I tried to use the Windows installation disk but it said the instillation of Windows I had was not the right kind to start repairs, or something like that. I could run a live CD of Ubuntu and just copy and paste all of my files over but I really don't want to re-install Windows and all of my applications.

Any Suggestions?

Thank You

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

You can download or create a repair disk from here:
System Repair Disc - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I'll see if the repair disk is different from the repair function in the installation disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


16 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Welcome to SF!

Download Macrium, create a boot disc, and use it to make a backup image of your failing HDD.
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Welcome to SF!

Download Macrium, create a boot disc, and use it to make a backup image of your failing HDD.
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Good luck!
Ok, I downloaded the Macrium Reflect trial and when I try to make a rescue disk it says I need to be registered to make a Windows one. Could a Linux or BartPE disk also work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Anything that will let you make an image of that HDD without booting into Windows should do the trick.

I keep forgetting about the Macrium issue- I don't use it myself (I've got Acronis doing all my dirty work).
Sorry for putting you through that waste of time...

Seems to me the BartPE disk has imaging software, but not sure. Linux? Ya got me on that one...

Easus Todo and Paragon have free software on offer. (Google 'em)
I suppose you better check the docs to see if they allow you to create rescue disks you can boot from without having to buy the product.

Paragon: http://download.cnet.com/Paragon-Backup-amp-Recovery-Free-Advanced-Edition/3000-2242_4-10972187.html?tag=contentMain;overviewHead

Easus: http://download.cnet.com/EASEUS-Todo...-10964460.html
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChoTai View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Welcome to SF!

Download Macrium, create a boot disc, and use it to make a backup image of your failing HDD.
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Good luck!
Ok, I downloaded the Macrium Reflect trial and when I try to make a rescue disk it says I need to be registered to make a Windows one. Could a Linux or BartPE disk also work?
You must have doenloaded the wrong Macrium version. Try this one: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download For the operation of Macrium, you may want to have a look at my video tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium Burn the Linux recovery CD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChoTai View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Welcome to SF!

Download Macrium, create a boot disc, and use it to make a backup image of your failing HDD.
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Good luck!
Ok, I downloaded the Macrium Reflect trial and when I try to make a rescue disk it says I need to be registered to make a Windows one. Could a Linux or BartPE disk also work?
You must have doenloaded the wrong Macrium version. Try this one: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download For the operation of Macrium, you may want to have a look at my video tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium Burn the Linux recovery CD.
Hi, I saw your video and it shows how to recover an image from the boot disk, but can you create an image from that boot disk? I do not have an image created at the moment.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I saw your video and it shows how to recover an image from the boot disk
It is not from, it is with. You do not recover from the boot disk. You use the Linux disk that you burnt from Macrium to pull in the image that you have stored on your external disk. The sole purpose of this Linux boot disk is to get the recovery process started. But you must have an image for that to work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Recovering Failed HDD Problems




Thread Tools




Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:54 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33