Let's clone the failed hard drive to the new one using ddrescue run from a Linux OS on a bootable USB flashdrive. That will give us the best chance of successfully cloning the hard drive.How do you intend to connect the source and the destination hard drives (the failed and the new hard drive respectively) to a computer?
- Do you have a Desktop computer available to use, where you can connect both hard drives directly to the motherboard?
- This would be the best option.
- Do you have a USB adapter/enclosure to connect the new hard drive via USB to the computer you intend using for the job?
- This option should be satisfactory.
- In any case, it is best that the failed hard drive be connected directly to the motherboard. Whether you choose to use the netbook or a Desktop computer to do the job depends on what you have available.
When we have successfully cloned the hard drive, we should then be able to restore the Windows system from the recovery partition ... with a little luck, and providing we are able to recover a working copy of the recovery partition intact.
Let's firstly get an idea of what we might be up against (our chance of success) by having a look at the S.M.A.R.T. data for the failed HDD.On a working computer
, please download the latest version of PartedMagic
Write (in the appropriate manner)
the downloaded .iso file to either CD or USB/flashdrive:With only the problematic hard drive connected, boot the computer
from the PartedMagic CD or flashdrive:
- At the first menu with Default settings (Runs from RAM) selected, press <ENTER>.
Be patient while PartedMagic loads into memory, and then displays its Desktop.
Success? Let me know if you can successfully boot to the Desktop of PartedMagic.
The Desktop of PartedMagic (version 2012-08-09) If you need to retrieve any personal files (although you indicated that has already been accomplished) ...At the PartedMagic Desktop:
- Double-click the File Manager icon on the Desktop.
- In the window that opens, you will see listed the partitions of the hard drive (sda1, sda2 etc).
- Locate the partition from which you wish to copy files.
- Copy your files to another device (flashdrive, internal or external hard drive).
Let me know of any problem you encounter and the detail of any error messages that you see.
[/list] Access and post the S.M.A.R.T. data ...At the PartedMagic Desktop:
In the next step you will paste this text into your topic reply.At the PartedMagic Desktop:
- Double-click the Disk Health icon on the Desktop.
- In the GSmartControl window that opens, double-click on the device that represents the hard drive.
- In the Device Information window that opens, click View Output.
A Smartctl Output window will open.
- Right-click in the text output > Select All.
- Right-click in the selected area > Copy.
- Double-click on the Firefox icon to open the Firefox browser window.
- Enter the BC forums address www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums in the address box and press <ENTER>.
- Sign in to the forums and locate your topic.
- Paste the text from the Smartctl Output window in a reply to your topic.
Note: Please enclose the pasted report in CODE tags so that the spacing/formatting is preserved.
- Firstly, click on the "Insert code snippet" button
- You will then see the "start" and "end" code tags (highlighted in dark blue/selected in the image) in the text box.
- Click between the two tags to insert the cursor between the tags and then press <Ctrl+V> to paste the report there.
Edited by AustrAlien, 02 January 2013 - 06:43 PM.