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#16 +Tech Greek

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:58

I'll do two backups on a drive that comes in with failing sectors...


First, always ignore dead sectors, backup sector by sector.


Immediately, start a new backup, sector by sector with a retry cycle set per sector (Acronis does this). If it spends 30 minutes on one sector and can't recover it, skips it. This will take many days but sometimes I can remake a computer that wouldn't even boot before work (after transferring this backup to a new hard drive and repairing the files) - if not, the first backup is there.

#17 dafox



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 09:59

I like to use Roadkils Unstoppable copier for this kind of thing.


Windows does have a good enough backup solution built in but nobody seems to use it or know about it! Well at least that will keep making me money :p

#18 OP +warwagon


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 14:24


I never had to ignore any bad sectors, no warning came up during image copy and it was sucessful.


I didn't do a sector by sector recovery either, I choose the first option which was "Image restore (disks or partitions)". Will that make a difference in result, should I recover the image sector by sector and try again?



Did you do a sector by sector backup?

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