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Windows 7: Lots of fail; tried to create system image from failing HDD

28 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Lots of fail; tried to create system image from failing HDD

After seeing the "hard drive error" message fropm Windows and establishing that te hard drive was in fact failing, I attempted to create a system image of the drive to restore it. I freed up some space on my external drive and started the process, but had to leave; I was told that there were error messages, but she couldn't say for certain what they were. I'm thinking write error messages. Anyway I attempted to restore the image but couldn't get the laptop to see the image, or even the drive, so I plugged it into my other laptop and a computer at work. This drive is no longer being recognised anywhere (device manager, disk management). What can I do?

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28 Jan 2014   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hi,

Welcome!

Am I correct that you are trying to make a backup of a failing or failed hard drive? Personally, I suggest not.

Instead, remove the drive, and put it in a USB or other external enclosure and access the externally mounted bad drive from a healthy PC. Copy off the files that you need to recover (/users... etc.).

I recommend looking at scootersoftware. I like the BeyondCompare utility because it will allow you to copy, compare, and log failed file copies without interruption. I don't like other utilities which error and pause or error and stop when failing to copy a file. BeyondCompare will "keep going" and report the failures for your later inspection. When finished, you have a comparison of source and target directories and will know what failed to copy across.

Just a suggestion.
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28 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I had already done that, but this laptop had some rather expensive software on it and the owner didn't have the installation disks. The problem now is that I can't access my external drive, which is where I saved the data, as well as the image.
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28 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Removed the drive from its enclosure today and plugged it into a black box, and disk management recognized it as drive e; however it was grayed out and said "no media." I also inspected the enclosure and found that the USB connector was loose. I guess my ex dropped it while it was connected and the cord put enough stress on it to break the solder joints. So why then was it listed as "no media?" Could it be because of the image of her defective drive on there?
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28 Jan 2014   #5

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She broke the usb cable (or connector), she didn't backup, she saw some errors during backup but simply ignored them and didn't write them down.

No intend to be rude ... but.... why help someone who doesn't protect their stuff at all themself?
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28 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Because she doesn't know any better. And because I broke her laptop...was printing something for her and dropped it while moving it. It started developing errors soon after. She does back her files up, but not her system. In any case I feel responsible.
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28 Jan 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your image is probably no good anyway. Suggest you cut your losses and get a new disk.
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28 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I already have a new drive, do you mean the external drive is no good? A friend told me to connect it to a Mac, see if that will read it. This isn't my backup drive, but all of my movies are on here.
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28 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7
 
 

At this point I only want to try to recover my external drive and try to figure out how to get Windows installed on her new HDD.
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28 Jan 2014   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by btstarcher View Post
At this point I only want to try to recover my external drive and try to figure out how to get Windows installed on her new HDD.
Attach external drive to some system. Post disk management output with all fields visible. And tell us if external is disk 0, disk 1 or disk 2.
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