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How to clone a drive with some bad sectores XP

By mayoorpatel
Jan 7, 2006
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  1. I have a note book and no floppy dirves. I have backedup the to a network drive and cannot create restore disk.

    Computer seems to work ok, have found some bad sectores. Before my hard drive goes bad I want to put a new drive.

    I have orignall cd for restore and it is xp home addition. I had purchased XP profesional and cannot find the cd. I do have the sticker of xp pro on the note book.

    I do have another computer with floppy and cd/dvd writer with xp home.

    When trying to clone it stops where the bad sectors are. Any way to mark them bad so cloning can be done. I have norton system works 2003.

    Any help is appreciated

    Thanks in advance
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    You have to use the Windows disk check utility and tell it to scan for bad sectors.
  3. mayoorpatel

    mayoorpatel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I had done norton disk doctor at reboot --- same as chkdsk /r and it has not helped.

    I have tried few other methods using utilities from google search and nothing has helped.

    I am about to try spinrite .... I will let you all know what happens after that
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    What program are you using to copy the drive?
  5. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Enthusiast Posts: 145

    As I kept saying in some of my posts here, for analyze & recovery, use Ultra Boot or/and Hirens Boot Cd.
    Good luck!
  6. mayoorpatel

    mayoorpatel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have used norton and g4u for cloning

    I used spinrite and it found and recovered the error and either didn't mark them bad (found physical defects) g4u stopped at the same spots.

    I have used the ultra boot cd basic and I am not sure which soft ware in there will do the job.

    I think it has g4u in there for cloning and I ended using a boot cd of g4u. Unless g4U have a switch for ignoring bad sectors.

    If I can figure out to make ntfs partition smaller and move away from the bad area ---- at 4% to 5% of the disk than I can use g4u to copy partitions to the new disk --- I am testing this on a regular hard drive connected using usb ---- it I can more the partitions successfully I will purchase a 60 gig note book harddrive and a external usb unit to transfer (clone) the partition/harddrive and replace.

    It is difficult to work this out when no floppy in the notebook.

    It is HP zx185 I suppose I can purchase a extenal bootable floopy and make all this work using backup and restore from xp prof

    Thanks for all the help
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