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Windows 7: Cannot clone failing hard drive

11 Sep 2015   #1
Husaberger

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Cannot clone failing hard drive

WD Hard drive is failing with increasingly more frequent BSODs
Can usually boot to Win7. Cannot clone with Macrium. Has failed 5x
Have run chkdsk before each attempt to clone
WD Data Lifeguard fails Quick Test (Status code 07, Failure checkpoint 65)
Don't have valuable data on HD but have lost keys to some of the software so I want to clone
Any repair (or other) ideas?


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11 Sep 2015   #2
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

In the past I have had cloning fail with a bad drive, but was able to create and restore a system image. I usually use acronis. You can get a free version from WD (also Seagate) but you must have one of their drives hooked up when using it.
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11 Sep 2015   #3
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

There are apps that can extract keys from the registry or reg files. See https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

Both freeware and paid versions in that page, there is a list of supported software as well (6500+).
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11 Sep 2015   #4
Husaberger

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks cyber and GokAy
Someone suggested a $40 standalone hard drive cloner/duplicator
Thoughts?
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11 Sep 2015   #5
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I would try doing a backup image with the free WD Acronis program before I spent the money. I've had a few drives that wouldn't clone but was able to create a backup system image and restore it to the new HDD with no issues.
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11 Sep 2015   #6
Husaberger

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply cyber
I'm going to follow your advice and post my results
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11 Sep 2015   #7
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Good luck!
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14 Sep 2015   #8
Husaberger

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Cyber
Tried to do what you suggested re creating image and restoring it but was unsuccessful
I used Acronis and was able to save backup of failing HD to good HD. I then copied the backup to the bad HD and attempted to restore it to the good one
I don't think I'm doing it right
Would you mind walking me through the steps?
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14 Sep 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I believe you should try to clone the bad one to good one. If you are using imaging rather, you have to image to a 3rd place and restore to the good one. You should not use the bad one for anything other than cloning or imaging from.
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14 Sep 2015   #10
cyberSAR

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Gokay is correct. Not much time now will check later
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