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#1 Stevejobs

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 11:27 AM

Hi, I have a computer that has a failing hard drive so I took it out of the computer and I slaved it onto a working, functioning and healthy computer. I was unable to see the files on the drive as it was asking me to format the drive, I ran chkdsk /f and it was able to bring the drive to a working state to be read. I quickly took the files by pressing ctrl + a and copying all (user data, program files, etc) files onto a folder in my working computer from the failing hard drive. using macrium, I tried to clone the drive twice and image it and it failed every time. I will be buying a computer tomorrow with Windows 10 on it and I need my data back. I have QuickBooks, and other important documents on there. What would you recommend I do? Should I put the files I copied over to my working computer onto an external hard drive and then paste them into the new computer? Thank you!



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 11:31 AM

You will almost always run into issues trying to clone a failing hard drive, we don't even try when it has bad sectors unless the partition is small and the sectors are at the end of the disk or something.

 

I would boot your system to a Ubuntu recovery disk like Parted Magic (part of Hiren's) and try pulling data that way. If Linux doesn't mount the drive or gives you I/O errors, you can try TestDisk, which is built into Parted Magic. It can be a miracle-worker in some cases. It's not as friendly, but if you just carefully read the prompts you may be able to get some data with it.


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Posted 04 January 2016 - 11:35 AM

Thank you for the quick reply! Is there anything I can do with the data that I pulled off the hard drive through Windows Explorer?



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 11:54 AM

Is this data readable?  If it is...I don't understand your question at all.

 

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:06 PM

Yes, the data is readabale. I was able to pull off Program Files, Program Files (x86), users, Windows, temp, perflogs. I was able to see basically the entire C: Drive of the computer with the failing hard drive. 

 

How can I restore this data?



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:10 PM

You cannot "restore" program files from System 1 to System 2.  Programs must be reinstalled anew in a new install of Windows, along with drivers..

 

Data files...can be moved anywhere, anytime, by anyone to a different storage site/partition/drive.

 

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:17 PM

How would you recommend getting the program files to the new computer? I have tried Windows Backup and Restore, does not work, Macrium Image and clone, fails with a Cyclic Redundancy Error. 



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:23 PM

I've already stated...programs must be installed.  There's only one or two ways of installing a given program on any version of Windows...each one of those calls for an appropriate installer package of the program.  Programs cannot simply be moved from one system to another.

 

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:26 PM

Cloning the hard drive will not work either? ddrescue? 

 

Stupid Windows, Mac would do it much better. :D (Look at username)


Edited by Stevejobs, 04 January 2016 - 12:27 PM.





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