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Saving Image from a hard drive with bad areas

by junkman599 / August 5, 2010 11:32 AM PDT

I have an older computer that I'm trying to create a complete image backup of. My Paragon image tool fails with an error message "VSS: Can't read volume data." The Paragon support tells me their tool won't work with a hard drive that has bad sectors. I've verified the hard drive does have bad areas by running diagnostics direct from Seagate, although the computer itself still runs good.

My question: Are there cloning programs that I could capture an image of this with?
Seems like as long as the computer functions good, I should be able to. Can't afford to buy one & find out it won't work either. Thanks in advance. (I know it's an old beater, but all it does is email, internet & an occasional resume update.

5 year old E-machines
1.4G Pentium 4
512M Ram
Integrated graphics
40 G Maxtor Drive (with bad areas)

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 11:18 PM PDT
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by junkman599 / August 9, 2010 1:07 PM PDT
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Thanks, I've been reading on clonezilla as you suggested, but I'm afraid it's a bit over my head. I also ran across the tool but it's too complicated for me as well.

I'm open to any other ideas thanks,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2010 1:25 AM PDT
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If you could tell the forum what part is over your head then members might explain that a little.

To get an image from a bad drive is going to be complicated. If you can't deal with this there are folk that do this all the time such as

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Paragon might work IF you first ...
by Edward ODaniel / August 10, 2010 2:00 AM PDT

run CHKDSK /r to repair the disk -- the /R switch locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F for fixing found errors).

Can be run from within Windows or from the Recovery Console from a command prompt. If done from within windows it will inform you that it will have to run next time you boot the machine.

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