clone drive that has errors ?

  1. Posts : 79
    Windows 10

    clone drive that has errors ?

    Hello : My sons windows 10 computer the harddrive has errors . Windows will still run but I need to clone his drive . I tried acronis easy migrate but it stops when it tries to copy a error . Any ideas ? thanks . I bought him a new drive today .
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    I would scan and repair the disk errors first - right click the disk then select Properties / Tools / Error checking or run chkdsk C: \f (or whatever drive letter you need to check) from an elevated command prompt.

    I prefer to use Macrium Reflect for disk imaging using the option ‘Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows’ to back up all system files. Backup/restore is preferred rather than cloning since cloning might duplicate the disk signature creating 2 disks with the same signatures. It's also good practice to ensure only your system disc is connected the first time you boot.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, your first priority with a hard drive that is apparently failing is to make sure you have a backup of all important data and settings. Do nothing else before you have done that. Depending on the severity of the failure, you may find some failures whilst copying data.

    You need to determine if the problem is hard failure of the disk, or corruption of the file system. I would guess the first, given the failure you have noted.

    Once you have done the backup, as far as the disk allows, you can try checking its SMART parameters e.g. using Crystal DiskInfo. This will indicate if the disk itself is failing.

    You can do a surface test (e.g. Macrorit Disk Scanner - free- there are many programs which support this- to get a picture of your disk and assess the level of error.

    If the SMART parameters are ok, then you can run chkdsk.
    Windows key + X, click 'command prompt (admin).
    Then type
    chkdsk C: /F

    In future, to guard against the problem of hard drive failure, you need to have been using a disk imaging solution e.g. Macrium Reflect (free). That would mean you could have restored an image (a compressed copy of your partitions/drive to your new hard drive relatively easily.

    Lacking that, you will need to reinstall Windows on your new hard drive, assuming you have a significant level of failure, as you don't know what has been corrupted.
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  4. Posts : 79
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    thanks , tried chkdsk c: /f/ r

    Kept failing . But used easy migrate and skipped over the errors . all copied . thanks for your help people ...
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