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Leesie

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Hi,

 

I need some advice. Here's my issue. My internal drive looks like its starting to go, it's failed a few of the seagate disk tests. Thankfully it's still under warranty but I went and bought an external drive last night to clone the drive onto in case it goes before the replacement arrives. I read something that mentioned a bootable clone, is that the option I want to go with? If it does go, I'll hopefully clone off of the external onto the new internal drive when it arrives and all would be okay. I'm also hoping to partition the new external into several drives so I can keep things separate. Is that doable?

 

Thanks,

Lisa

 

 


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Hi Lisa,

 

You can create a full disk image that will include everything you have now on the Harddisk, Seagate provides a special version of the Acronis True Image for free re-branded as Seagate DiskWizard.

 

The image backup will be stored inside some big files, you can simply create a folder on the external drive and direct the program to that folder. It's not mandatory to create more partitions on the external drive.


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Hi SleepyDude,

 

Perfect, that sounds easy enough. Thank you!

 

Then when the new drive arrives, I would use the same program to transfer the files back?

 

Thanks again,

Lisa


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Hi,

 

Back again with a question. I'm running the back up image now using the latest version of seagate disk wizard. I've got an error that popped up:

 

Failed to read data from the disk

 

Failed to read from sector '262,068,535' of hard disk '1'. Try to repeat the operation. If the error persists, check the disk using Check Disk Utility and create a backup of the disk. Failed to read the snapshot. (0x10C45A) CRC error (0x100155)

 

Any suggestions what to do now?

 

Thanks,

Lisa


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Hi Lisa,

 

Hi SleepyDude,

 

Perfect, that sounds easy enough. Thank you!

 

Then when the new drive arrives, I would use the same program to transfer the files back?

 

Thanks again,

Lisa

 

Exactly. Make sure you also use the option included on the program to create a Rescue Disk, using the rescue disk you can restore the image backup to the empty new hard drive without the need of installing windows.

The backup includes not only your files but everything needed to restore the operating system on a empty disk.

 

Back again with a question. I'm running the back up image now using the latest version of seagate disk wizard. I've got an error that popped up:

 

Failed to read data from the disk

 

Failed to read from sector '262,068,535' of hard disk '1'. Try to repeat the operation. If the error persists, check the disk using Check Disk Utility and create a backup of the disk. Failed to read the snapshot. (0x10C45A) CRC error (0x100155)

 

Any suggestions what to do now?

 

It seems your hard disk have bad blocks. I suggest you try to copy your files to the external drive using the normal file copy operations, after that you need to check the disk for error to see if check disk can mark the bad sectors without ruining the system. If this works the backup program will do the backup successfully because it will ignore the marked bad sectors.

  • open the Command Prompt as Administrator (Tutorial)
  • type the command:
    chkdsk /r /x C:
    Note: When it ask if you want to checked the volume next time the system restarts answer Yes
  • restart the computer

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