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Best sofware to clone HDD with Bad Sectors and other problems?

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#1 OfficeJerk


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 03:26 AM

I'm looking for the best software out there which can create a clone of my corrupted HDD purely for the purpose of data recovery.


I was running a laptop which developed a power issue and would not progress further than the black and white startup screen upon booting without entering a continuous rebooting loop. So I removed the internal HDD and hooked it up to a functioning desktop through sata usb cable and tried to copy some files across.
I noticed that this process was taking a lot longer than usual as It was taking over an hour to transfer a 100mb video, so after the video finished, I removed then reconnected it back to the desktop via sata usb to begin the long process of copying my files, but when I did this, I could no longer access the drive in windows explorer. I constantly get the following message: E/ is not accessible, the request cannot be performed due to an I/O error.


I have tried various data recovery software but they either cannot locate any partitions, or once scanning has finished, say there are no files to recover. The drive letter and the correct drive size are the only pieces of information left when viewing the drive. It’s also worth mentioning that upon inspection in device manager, it lists the drive as a RAW device now, when it was previously NTFS.


I have managed to run HD Sentinel on the drive and this is the report that it produced:


Failure Predicted - Attribute: 5 Reallocated Sectors Count, Count of sectors moved to the spare area. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads.

 There are 660 bad sectors on the disk surface. The contents of these sectors were moved to the spare area.

 Based on the number of remapping operations, the health of the disk was decreased in different steps.

 There is 1 weak sector found on the disk surface. It may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.

2518 errors occurred during data transfer. This may indicate problem of the device or with data/power cables. It is recommended to examine and replace the cables if possible.

 Replace hard disk immediately.


With that being said, I am on the hunt for a program which will allow me to clone my failing HDD and try and recover what ever data I can. The HDD is NOT making any strange or clicking sounds.


I have a copy of Parted Magic with tools like Clonezilla, will this help me in any way?

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#2 Havachat


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 08:13 AM

Cloning the Drive , just reproduces what you have now - Bad = Bad.


Using Recuva initially would have been a better approach , as the more you do with anything else just gets worse.


Recovery of lost data sounds expensive on your drive at this stage ,  or minimal at best in trying yourself.


Backing up you data to external drives etc is your new approach in the future.

Edited by Havachat, 17 September 2015 - 08:13 AM.

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 09:35 AM

In the past have been successful getting files off a corrupt drive using parted magic live disk, I haven't tried cloning a disk with it yet. If you constantly get I/O errors try coping files individually in the live environment. All that being said if your ultimate goal is for DATA recovery and the DATA is irreplaceable your best option is sending the drive to a DATA recovery service. The more you work with the drive and try accessing the files the more damage that can occur. 

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