System hdd to file? How?

  1. EOF's Avatar
    EOF
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    Win7 Ultimate
       #1

    System hdd to file? How?


    Hi!
    I'm searching for a solution to make a copy/clone of my hdd where the OS is installed, but the cloned data should be in a file.

    I use DiskGenoiuse to clone my mechanic drives to ssd, but now I need to clone any hdd to a file like iso or whatever format, so I can later, if I need to replace a hdd just use the file to restore the whole system.

    Is there an app, open source or free out in the wild?

    Thanks.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Macrium Reflect Free:
    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition

    You can save individual partitions to an image file, or the whole HDD. To restore it, make sure to create (and test) a rescue USB flash drive which is one of the menu options in the Other Tasks menu.
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  3. SIW2's Avatar
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    Yes. There are many to choose from.
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  4. EOF's Avatar
    EOF
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    Win7 Ultimate
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    Today I tried to transfer a partition from an old hdd with Macrium, but failed due to bad sectors on the source hdd. :-(

    "Backup aborted! Unable to read from disk Error Code 23 Data error (cyclic redundancy check)."

    Is there any option to skip any checking or to skip the failed area in Macrium?
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  5. idgat's Avatar
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    Forget about cloning - too many posts in too many forums about failed cloning attempts.

    On the other hand .... far less posts about imaging > restoring an image, which would suggest a higher success rate.

    Macrium Reflect is still your friend.
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  6. EOF's Avatar
    EOF
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    Win7 Ultimate
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       #6

    I also tried to make an image from that hdd with bad sectors but failed too.
    So.
    Is there a solution in Macrium how to overcome such of case?
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #7

    In advanced settings there is an option to ignore bad sectors.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    The option NavyLCDR refers to is found here....

    System hdd to file? How?-reflect-ignore-bad-sectors.png
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  9. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
       #9

    If you want folders as a file anything like winrar , winzip will do it and compress and save space
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