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  1. Timone

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    I have a laptop will not boot! I installed the drive in a caddy and it only shows me the system reserved part. not the rest of the drive... it is a hitachi hdd and when put back into the laptop and tested with hitachi hdd diag software, it says bad sectors were found and wants to erase or attempt a sector repair on the drive... i have documents i want to recover.. will attempting a sector repair possibly help... is there a better option..... any advice or opinion ...please help

    thanks
     
  2. prunejuice

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    Best plan would be a sector-by-sector backup of the entire drive.

    I know Acronis True Image can do this...there may be other free drive imaging software choices as well.
     
  3. armly

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    I've had great experience with Acronis, has been very dependable for me.

    Have heard of problems with mounting images from Norton Ghost though this isn't direct experience, to be fair.
     
  4. Timone

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    thanks folks but my pc wont detect this drive as slave so how will acronis see it? and if i put it back in the laptop that wont boot .... do i use a boot disk and if so then where would i save the files too?
     
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    Parted magic linux works GREAT. Thanks so much. I booted with it, connected an external usb drive and copied my files over. Thanks again

    Timone
     
  7. crjdriver

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    You are welcome. Parted magic is a VERY useful disto/tool. For future reference, you can mark your own thread as solved using the button at the top of the page. I will mark this one for you so no need to do anything.
     
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