I am running Win XP SP3 and have a 300 GB hard drive that is going south. It is split into 3 particians, one windows, one data, and one games. I am not sure of my backup status, so am not willing to put all my faith in my external drive right now.
I tried backing it up to an external (I know, I should have done that sooner) but at some point I got a BSOD. I have tried rebooting a couple of times and it hangs shortly after the "loading win xp" screen goes by.
I remember years ago, Maxtor, and maybe others, included a utility with a new hard drive that would completely copy the old one, partitions and all. I wondered if they still did or if there was a bootable disk alternative for a low price, I cannot afford ghost.
Chkdsk hung at 50 % and I am pretty sure at least my Windows partition is corrupt. What I was thinking of was trying to copy the entire disk to a new one then reinstall Windows leaving my data particians intact.
Appreciate any help if there is a program out there and comments as to whether my idea of copying a corrupt drive would even work to begin with.