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Windows 7: How to clone boot drive with read errors?

01 Jun 2012   #1

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How to clone boot drive with read errors?

I can boot up ok. But the boot drive makes clicking sound sometimes and makes the computer slower, especially when waking up from a sleep.

I tried using Acronis to clone the drive. It crashed as soon as the drive makes the first clicking sound and nothing is cloned.

Since I can boot from the drive, if I use windows explorer to copy all the good files including the hidden files to a new drive, is there a way to then "sys" the new drive like in windows XP to make it bootable into windows 7? All I need is a way to create or copy the boot sector, right?

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01 Jun 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Have you already rejected the idea of a clean install onto the new drive?
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01 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Will Acronis let you make a full backup(image) without crashing?
Can you make a image with Windows 7 built in program?
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06 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think it's a mechanical error, you should NOT use your drive again and go to a store that specializes in this kind of stuff. They will check your drive and make a clone on a new drive.
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 How to clone boot drive with read errors?

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