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Any way to test health of hard drive? 8.1

  1. #31


    Can a drive be "Too damaged" to clone?
    Sure. If the drive cannot be accessed, it cannot be cloned.
    Tested and working fine.
    With what?

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    The drive can be accessed. But I finally found the log in there. It said there was a file system issue with the "bad" drive. Trying to repair it again. This is totally awful. I had no warnings drive was going bad until this happened . Hoping the repair process will let me do the cloning . Usually was good about backing up .. Didn't even think about cloning to a usb external drive until today

    One other quick question. When I am using the 250 gb Seagate drive I can access the programs folder on the bad drive and get some of my games to work. Worst case scenario could I drag the full game folder onto the USB drive to try to save from having to reinstall the games ?
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  3. #33


    This is totally awful. I had no warnings drive was going bad until this happened .
    That's not unusual. That is also why having a current, viable backup of ALL your data is essential.

    I can access the programs folder on the bad drive and get some of my games to work.
    I don't understand why you do that. If you can access folders and games, you should be backing them up, not playing them.

    You will still likely need to reinstall the programs because if you move them, the locations saved in the registry will be different.
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    I don't have anything mission critical on there . I do back up the photos and videos of my son to an external drive plus Google drive . That is the only thing that I was worried about . I will just clone the sea gate I have now and reinstall the programs if this repair doesn't work

    I wasn't trying to play games . I went onto the bad drive to access the desktop though my username to get some photos I hadn't uploaded or backed up. While I was looking at the drive I thought I would go into the programs folder to see if any worked . Just booted one up . Didn't play
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  5. #35


    Sounds like a plan.

    As far as playing game, you said you got them "to work". That suggests to me you "ran" the programs. While "playing" may not have been correct, I still feel making backups was a first priority. This is because whenever you start a program, files are opened and marked as open in the drive's file allocation tables. Typically temporary files are also written to the disk. With a potentially bad drive, those actions can make it worse. That was my concern - staring programs, not "playing" them. Sorry for my poor choice of words.
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  6. #36


    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    Sounds like a plan.

    As far as playing game, you said you got them "to work". That suggests to me you "ran" the programs. While "playing" may not have been correct, I still feel making backups was a first priority. This is because whenever you start a program, files are opened and marked as open in the drive's file allocation tables. Typically temporary files are also written to the disk. With a potentially bad drive, those actions can make it worse. That was my concern - staring programs, not "playing" them. Sorry for my poor choice of words.
    I know . It was just weird I never had two primary drives hooked up at the same time like that. Just didn't know what would happen.

    I think it was a lost cause anyways. I set Windows to repair the bad drive at startup, and it did go though to 100%, but when I tried to clone it I got the same error.

    The 250gb one has all of the essentials on it like Office and Battlefield. I will just have to reinstall the other programs don't think many others. Now that I know I have a second external usb drive that will be same size as main disk I will back it up on a regular basis . I just didn't think I had another "empty " drive to back up the 1tb WD or else I would have done it .
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  7. #37


    I keep multiple backups in multiple locations. Think physical security. What happens if your house burns down, is flooded, or hit by tornado? Or if your house is broken into and the badguy steals your computer, and your external drive?
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    only thing I worry about loosing is my wallet and my Memory ,the rest is trivial
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