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    Problems with all backups or Imaging

    Hi...I read this string of very helpful messages on back-up. thanks.
    My OS: Windows 7 ultimate, 64b

    My HD has crashed twice...once every time I travel to USA and Europe, and another, recent, after visiting Argentina and Brazil. Reason? Ediopathic!!

    I can't back up using Windows in-built facility. Neither on internal partition (D), or external HDDrive.
    None of the free programs available on the internet are successful beyond 40 to 50%.

    No imaging is possible either.

    This is my self single user Laptop. Dell 1330.

    Any Help will be much much appreciated.
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    I moved this to a thread of it's own. It will not get as much exposure at the back of a long thread.

    Have you created a Rescue Boot Disk with any of the 3rd party Imaging apps? Perhaps booting to the Rescue Boot Disk and using this to create an Image outside of Windows will be successful.

    The steps I use are as follows:

    Create the Rescue Boot Disk
    Boot to the Rescue Boot Disk
    Create the image, storing it to an Ext. HD.
    Restore from the Image you created to test it.

    This allows the creation of a system Image with no interference from Windows at all. It is worth a try.
    Last edited by Medico; 2012-10-08 at 05:40.
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    Roop,

    If your laptop allows booting to a USB device {external HD} check out this thread to make a one device backup solution.
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    Sounds like your disk is almost dead. I would boot from a tools CD, connect an external hard disk and attempt to copy everything to the external HD. If you still can't get the data off and you don't have a backup you may decide to pay for some recovery tools - like SpinRite.

    cheers, Paul

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    Try opening a command window with administrative privileges and typing chkdsk /f.

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    Yeah, it sounds like your hard drive has some issues.
    Find out who the manufacturer of the drive is (device manager will do that job nicely) and run it's diagnostic utilities.
    Or download and run Hard Disk Sentinel.

    With a properly created bootable recovery disk and a reliable external drive, image recovery issues are rare,
    except in the instance where the image recovery destination drive is faulty.

    There could be other issues, but that is where I would start first.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2012-10-10 at 00:02.
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