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#1 Dave Clark

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:28 AM

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After getting help to clean my computer am now experiencing a problem when I clone the HDD to another.
I,m running XP Pro and use Acronis True Image. I have never experienced any problems before. When I started to clone the drive after about 50% through cloning C drive I got then message cannot read sector click to retry, Ignore or Ignore all. I tried Retry without success so chose Ignore and Acronis continued.
When the system rebooted I tired CHKDSK C: /f. It couldn,t lock the drive but CHKDSK continued when I rebooted and found no problems. I then tried CHKDSK on the cloned partition, again no problem detected.
I was still not convinced so I cloned to a different HDD and got exactly the same messages.
My computer seems OK running from the origional HDD which is supposed to have a bad sector.

Any suggestions would be appreciated,

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Dave

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:15 AM

Acronis is telling you what you already know....the old drive has a bad sector. Cloning programs attempt to make an exact image of the existing drive. They often throw errors when trying to read a corrupt section of the disk. A disk with a bad sector which has already beed scanned with chkdsk will run fine since chkdsk will mark the sector as bad essentially rendering it useable by the operating system. However the real question is why did it go bad. In my opinion this is just a precursor to more bad sectors and the eventual crash of the computer due to data loss. Best bet, stick the newly cloned drive in as your primary and forget about the old drive.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:33 AM

Thanks for the advice,

Wouldn't care but the drive is only about a year old.

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Dave




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