Witness: my main Windows 7 computer, which has been trounced by Windows 7 updates, is now dying. SMART dying. So you'd think well, backup and copy now, right? Yeah, except that it's a catch 22: for WINDOWS is on that dying disk, it can't stay BOOTED long enough to run the backup software (here, Macrium or EaseUS) so that you can backup. Chkdsk crashes after step 4 though reporting no errors, again ENDEMIC, so of course you can't do anything.
So again, Linux to the rescue, but now what BACKUP program, as 1) I can't clone due to hard drive failure imminent, 2) the existing backup Linux programs I found only handle the /home folder, which doesn't help at all with Windows drives, 3) GParted only changes partitions to other partitions on the same physical drive (same ENDEMIC problem), 4) the 'Partimage' and 'Partclone' programs I installed in Mint 17 are nowhere to be found, but Synaptic Package Manager says I have them. They don't show up in the menu.
So now resorting to Mint 13, but again -- what disk image maker can I use? The ones provided won't work. I click on them in either Mint 17 or 13 to call up the program Image Writer and nothing happens. I can get partimage only to run in terminal. No GUI? For the terminal version is confusing.. tolerable. Is that the only program anyone would recommend?
Any ideas are most appreciated. I really did NOT need this crisis too, after the fracaso of Win10 using up two months of my time.
Windows is dead to me from here on out. They've had 30 years to figure out how to avoid the endemic catch-22 of a failing hard drive. But if you need Windows to back up a failing hard drive, that's obviously a dumb idea. And what is the only alternative? You know....
Thank you for putting up with me!
Edited by brainout, 22 September 2015 - 08:52 AM.