Solved Imaging a faulty HDD to backup image to new replacement HDD

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My hdd is faulty and can fail anytime, it is also confirmed by the Dell Support Executive. Dell's SupporAssist application was also giving me notifications about my failing HDD from quite sometime now. They had dispatched a new HDD for replacing the faulty one so we are good. But the problem is that I have some huge programs installed on my current faulty HDD, 3 virtual systems (oracle virtual box) and some other settings and I dont want to loose all that. Installing windows and updates will also consume a lot of time.

I made a system image backup after I learned about my HDD's situation but what I actually want to know is - as the image was made from a faulty HDD wouldn't that render the image itself being faulty. Can the image that I just created damage the new HDD also or will i be fine in restoring this HDD's (faulty) image to the new HDD.

I dont want to damage the new HDD.

If there is any other solution to my problem please do mention that as well.

Thanks in advance..
 

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Restoring the Image will not physically damage the new hard drive but Windows may not work properly if the image contains faulty data from the original drive. The only way to tell is to try the restore.
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I was confused about it so I asked.

So what I understood is that the fault in my HDD is physical and it will not cause the new HDD to fail, the files that were saved on the faulty physical part of the the original HDD are corrupt however. These files might cause the problem in restoring the image.

Thanks again.. :) :)
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I was confused about it so I asked.

So what I understood is that the fault in my HDD is physical and it will not cause the new HDD to fail, the files that were saved on the faulty physical part of the the original HDD are corrupt however. These files might cause the problem in restoring the image.

Thanks again.. :) :)
Yes, any problems with the files will be present in the image and on the new hard drive when you restore the image onto it.
The new hard drive will not be damaged though.

So try the image restore onto the new drive but when it's done make sure the old drive is disconnected before booting the new drive for the first time, that's important !
 

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make sure the old drive is disconnected before booting the new drive for the first time, that's important !
Ooo... okay.. didn't know that.
It's a laptop so the drive will be disconnected surely, but I will remember this information for future if I face any problem with my Desktop. :) :)
 

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It's worth remembering, having both drives connected when you first boot the 'clone' can cause trouble.

Doesn't matter with most laptops as they can only have a single drive connected but is important with Desktops, as you said.
 
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Thanks for your help Allan but I again ran into a different problem, not able to figure out how to restore the image. Created a separate thread here.
 
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