1720: Detected Hard Drive Failure Imminent

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Cyber Akuma

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Jan 8, 2003
Well, I finally bought a new harddrive to replace my failing drive, however when I tried to use the Data Lifeguard tools to duplicate the data from the old drive to the new one, it failed! The drive (so far) still works, though access time is slow, and all sighs show that its starting to fail (the HD diognostic disk showed that the data error ratio and seek time are in the critical range).

Now, roughly 80% of the data on the drive I dont really care if it is lost, since most of the data is programs that I still have the original cds for and can just as easily re-install. However, the other 20% is data I do not have backed up (Yes yes I know, im stupid for not making backups) in any way, and I really dont want to loose, data like school projects, passwords, accounts, personal art/programming projects, etc. THIS data I cannot afford to loose if I can help it. (And data recovery is out of the question, I coule buy three new pcs for the price of one standard data recovery)

Now that you know the background of my problem, heres my questions

1. I started a through scandisk (itll take a few hours, the drive is 80 GB). Smart idea or Stupid idea on a drive that is near-failure?

2. I know there is no DEFINATE time, but roughly how much time do I have until the drive fails so bad that I cant even access the data on it anymore?

3. If even after the scandisk I cant duplicate the drive, my next plan is to make it master and my new drive the slave, then to manually drag and copy the critial files on my drive. After I copy my non-backed up files this way (if I can), I plan to copy the files on the root of the drive, the windows directory, and the program files directory, if I do this will windows be able to boot without re-installing? If not, what else do I have to copy to make it boot?
Mar 3, 2000
Just a thought, rather than strain the old drive. Put the new one in as master (for now leave the old one unhooked but set it to slave while in there). Install all your software on the new drive. Once this is done, hook the old one as a slave and copy your data to the new one. The old one could fail at any time and this may be the best chance of saving the data.


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Oct 19, 2002
I think I'd pick up a copy of GHOST and make an image backup of the old drive that you can cruise through with GHOST Explorer. It's the fastest way to get all the data off with minimal risk that the drive will die during the attempt. I agree with the comment that the LAST thing you should be doing now is drive diagnostics! You just want to get your data off, you know the drive is dying! If you really value the data, I'd make that the first priority.

Once you get all the data to the new drive, you might want to actually start thinking about a backup strategy before the next drive fails, not after. :rolleyes:
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