I recetly went through the arduous task of cloning my mothers failing Seagate HDD. Eventually I managed to bypass all the errors and clone through dd-rescue. Long story short the it was freezing at "Starting Windows" and then restarting. I made a bootable usb for a windows 7 recovery ISO (Yes I dowloaded it considering Windows was preinstalled and they did not give us a disk, and the old Hard drive was too badly damaged to image a recovery). Anyway, it worked momentarily until I ran CCleaner and cleaned the registry. It then rebooted showing two separate instances of windows 7. Regular and Home Pro. The home pro read as the size of the new HD. I booted and it told me windows was not genuine and not only would explorer keep failing I started to receive numerous error messages including there is no Path for ... anything.... About this time I restart and the old HD registers again, so in a desperate and lapse of judgement attempt I booted into the recovery usb and dragged the system files to the new HD, needless to say it does not work. It tells me preparing desktop every time I boot, multiple error messages, no way to access files. How do I potentially salvage what is in my docs, downloads and programs and get the proper system files so when I boot it will be normal again. I have 3 partitions, a useless recovery I presume, the primary with OS and boot, and a third I can't quite remember at the moment. Anyway, hope I have provided enough detail. Thanks.