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Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:29 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:00 AM
I can try to help you.
First we need to decide on the best course of action with the resources that you have. Answer these questions please...
How large is the drive?
Do you have another drive either external or another computer that has enough empty space on a drive in it to hold the whole bad drive? (just looking for a place to recover the data to here).
Does she need the OS (doesn't have a way to reinstall it on the new drive)?
Are there programs that she doesn't have the disks to install on the new drive (like microsoft office)?
I think that a fresh install on the new disk is best. Especially, if she is only concerned about media files being recovered like documents, pictures, music, spreadsheets, etc.
It is important that you try nothing else with the disk until we have a good plan of attack.
Can you tell me more about what happened with Clonezilla. Were you trying to make a clone or image?
Were you copying the files back to the free space on the bad drive or to DVD's?
Do you remember the exact error it gave you?
Edited by 1000cleverlines, 04 July 2012 - 11:03 AM.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:38 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:58 AM
Thanks for the great answers.
The IO errors in clonezilla indicate that cloning to a new drive and then using that drive would be dicey at best (based on personal experience ).
The option that I would go with, is to take out the bad drive and set it aside.
Install the new drive and set it up with all the service packs/updates and then start installing the software that she wants.
Then let her play with it and ask her to make a list of what she needs from the old drive. Then we can connect it and do a recovery of the data she needs using some powerful free tools.
If the drive needs to be as fully recovered as possible (for example, you don't have an XP install disc and can't get one for cheap from the manufacturer) then I would attempt a recovery with a boot cd like Clonezilla and use ddrescue to attempt to recover an exact image of the bad drive and then try to repair the image and subsequently put the image on the new hard drive. This would require a full 120GB of space on your external drive for the image (ddrescue doesn't care about data, it just looks at the value of each bit on the drive and copies it).
Let me know which you want to do or if you have something else that you'd like to try.
IMPORTANT: At this stage the bad drive is probably going to get worse with everything we try to do so use it as sparingly and efficiently as possible.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:28 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:01 PM
Edited by 1000cleverlines, 04 July 2012 - 03:27 PM.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:37 PM
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