My external* HDD started having trouble in accessing data.
Some time later, it also started clunking, but kept working neverthless. chkdsk showed no errors.
But now when I connect the drive, I cannot access data, explorer.exe crashes, accompanied by occasional clunking.
I have not disturbed it since then to prevent any further damage.
Hoping that it will run one more time, I have ordered another drive to back up the data.
What would be the best procedure to transfer data to the new drive, assuming the failing drive works at least once. Which software is recommended, and what steps should I take to ensure that the drive doesn't go to idle state once it starts working, there is no unnecessary read/writing occurring, and that the time gap between connecting the drive and starting the cloning process is minimum etc.
(sorry being slightly paranoid, but a lot of data is at risk, and it's rather optimistic of me to assume it is going to run once more)
Currently, I'm planning to use AOMEI Backupper to make a sector by sector clone. Please comment on the process and recommend changes to make the process more safe?
I have read that freezing the drive might allow data to be read from a failing drive, is this true? (gonna try this if it doesn't void warranty and everything else fails)
*Internal 2.5", 9.5mm HDD, using as external with a SATA to USB case. I cannot open up the drive as it is still in the warranty period.
Thanks in advance