Sector By Sector Cloning


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AW

Hi folks,

Any recommendations on a good utility that would clone a hard drive
sector by sector. I want to make an exact copy of a bad hard drive
with deleted files before trying to recover the data.

The problem with Ghost is it stops if an error occurs on the source
drive and it is the empty space that has the deleted data.

Thanks,
Art
 
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Michael Kimmer

Timothy said:
Does that apply to Ghost 9.0 as well - which doesn't use a
command line?

*TimDaniels*
Nope, for that purpose you will have to untick the appropriate verify
option(s) in the options section in the wizard...But that's a cure hoping
for the best...better would be running a chkdsk /f and a defrag before
creating either a backup or a copy...

--
M.f.G.
Michael Kimmer

"Ein Tag an dem Du nicht lächelst ist ein verlorener Tag"
"Eine Nacht in der Du nicht schläfst ist eine verschlafene Nacht"
 
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Zvi Netiv

AW said:
Any recommendations on a good utility that would clone a hard drive
sector by sector. I want to make an exact copy of a bad hard drive
with deleted files before trying to recover the data.

The problem with Ghost is it stops if an error occurs on the source
drive and it is the empty space that has the deleted data.
You could try CloneDisk, from www.resq.co.il/resq.php

Regards
 
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Peltio

Any recommendations on a good utility that would clone a hard drive
sector by sector. I want to make an exact copy of a bad hard drive
with deleted files before trying to recover the data.
You might want to try Linux, then.
If you go here http://www.sysresccd.org/systools.en.php
you can download the ISO image of a bootable Linux distro (based on Gentoo)
that contains several tools to analyze and recover disk data (it' little
more then 100 MB).
Burn the ISO on a CD and set your PC to boot from CD first: you will be
running a fully functional Linux distro in a matter of *seconds*.

To clone a disk you could use dd and dd_rescue.

cheers,
Peltio
who is going to do the same on his disk. I am still in the documentation
phase, now : )
 
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Eric Gisin

Peltio said:
You might want to try Linux, then.
If you go here http://www.sysresccd.org/systools.en.php
you can download the ISO image of a bootable Linux distro (based on Gentoo)
that contains several tools to analyze and recover disk data (it' little
more then 100 MB).
Burn the ISO on a CD and set your PC to boot from CD first: you will be
running a fully functional Linux distro in a matter of *seconds*.

To clone a disk you could use dd and dd_rescue.
Trinity Rescue Kit is half the size, 47.5MB. There is also unixutls for
Windows, which has dd. If the source has bad sectors, you have to use
conv=noerror,sync.

Dd is best for sector cloning, but there is a Linux utility for cloning
partitions. There is also ntfsclone, part of ntfs tools.
 
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Mike Redrobe

Timothy said:
Does that apply to Ghost 9.0 as well - which doesn't use a command
line?
If you have ghost 9.0 (which is really DriveImage 8) then you also have
ghost 2003 on the CD.
 

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