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Windows 7: Best method to offload files from failing SATA drive?

4 Weeks Ago   #11
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

Thanks. BTW, the app seems to need WinPE to create a boot disc\USB, but says 'no WinPE base found'.
Clicking 'Change' goes to a menu that only includes an active option for 'Windows Installation Media'.

Does the app grab WinPE from an inserted Windows installation disc?


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4 Weeks Ago   #12
SIW2

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if it can't find winre.wim in your recovery folder, untick the boxes, coz you don't want it to automatically make a one click backup, then click "switch to previous view"

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4 Weeks Ago   #13
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

SIW2, thanks for the info.
Apart from inserting a Windows install disc, which is easy enough, the alternative O&O instructions on the following page are a bit misleading. Create boot medium O&O Software.
It says that W7 needs the AIK kit and, if I click the 'down' arrow to the right of the greyed 'Windows Automated Installation Kit' (your second image) it does actually open the MS page where the ISO can be found. But after downloading the kit (an ISO), then clicking the 'open box' icon (again, your second image)and navigating to the download folder, it doesn't find the 'setup.exe' file that it's looking for. Neither can it be found in the unpacked ISO. There IS a 'startCD.exe' but that just just kicks off the AIK kit's own WinPE creator. Very confusing.
So I think I'll just insert my Windows disk and let it find the required files on that.
Cheers
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4 Weeks Ago   #14
SIW2

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After inserting your win7 in the cdrom drive, You will have to browse to the cdrom drive.(3rd picture) It mounts install.wim and extracts winre.wim from the mounted image. So if you are doing it that way, it might decide to copy install.wim from the cd drive to a temp file first.
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4 Weeks Ago   #15
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

It didn't accept the Windows disc, citing 'Failed 2' or something similar.
So I opened the extracted AIK ISO contents and ran startCD.exe, which installed something else again. After a couple of false starts, O&O finally showed a tick alongside the AIK option, and that created a (bootable?) CD.
(It probably would have called for a blank disc but I'd already loaded one in the DVD drive).
I'll reboot now and see what happens.
Hopefully, it'll see the damaged HDD, which is still not seen in Windows, as well as the empty 1TB drive I've connected by USB3.
Fingers crossed.
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4 Weeks Ago   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hope winpe picks up the disk. It might not if windows doesn't. If winpe can't see it, then any programs in winpe won't be able to.

If no joy, then the other thing to try is a linux boot media - parted magic, or similar.
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4 Weeks Ago   #17
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

After booting, the process found the disk OK, and DiskImage appeared to work, but I only had a 1TB spare so I thought I'd wait until I got another 2TB disk to image to.

I'm expecting the merchant to replace the failing disk without argument, but I think they'll want the disk returned before they'll part with another, so I'd have no source.

I ordered a 2TB like yours, with the single platter and 256MB cache.

It should arrive today (merchant was open over Easter but couriers weren't) and then I'll try cloning the disks.
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