Clone Failing Hard Drive to Prevent Data Loss
In this essay, we will walk you through how to clone a failing hard drive in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 and transfer data without effortless with best disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper.
Signs for a Failing Hard Drive
Sometimes, you may get signs that imply something bad things happened to your hard drive, these signs include:
Your PC shows things like slowing down very much now and then and very often after boot the system asked for disk checking.
Your PC has taken 25 minutes to completely boot after you have gotten three “just-in-time debugging” popups regarding I\O device errors, system crash still occurs while playing a music DVD indicating “Windows failed to start”.
Get blue screen of death (BSOD) errors, like your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.
Find some corrupted or missing files or folders.
Bad sectors found on your hard disk using disk checking tool.
Strange noises from your hard drive.
These situations indicate that you probably have a failing hard drive and it’s time to change a new hard drive. Here comes the question, how to transfer data from a failed hard drive? The option may occur to your mind is cloning failing hard drive to another hard drive.
How to Fix Failed Hard Drive
Before cloning, to check if your hard drive is failed actually, please use the following methods:
1. Check the cables and power supply. If the Windows computer does not recognize your hard drive, please check the cables and power supply that connect the hard drive to the motherboard. Replug the cables and power supply to make them connected tight. Then check if Windows detected the hard drive in BIOS or Windows File Explorer.
2. Put Your hard drive to another computer to see if it can be detected, if it’s work, please reinstall the device drivers.
3. Fix bad sectors with Command Prompt: run an elevated command prompt, and perform the command for all partitions on the hard disk:
chkdsk E: /f /r (it will find and repair your logical and physical issues for your hard drive, replace the E: with the appropriated drive letter )
If the problem still exists, please transfer data from the failing hard drive.
Clone a Failing Hard Drive with AOMEI Backupper
If you still have a failing drive, the best solution to solve the problem is to clone failing hard drive to another one. Cloning hard drive means transferring everything, including Windows operating system, installed applications and personal files, as well as partitions and the hard drive layout, etc. to another hard disk, which is not the same as backing up.
In order to clone a failing hard drive successfully, a powerful disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard is a must. It supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP (all editions, 32-bit & 64-bit). You could easily clone failing hard drive to another external hard disk with two modes:
Sector by sector clone mode: This mode will help you to clone all sectors (blocks) on the failing hard drive, including the bad sectors and blank sectors, etc. The clone time will be much longer.
Intelligence sector mode: It enables you to clone failing hard drive to skip all bad sectors and blank sectors, only clone the used sectors to HDD or SSD.
By default, AOMEI Backupper will ignore bad sectors while cloning using Intelligence sector mode. Please download AOMEI Backupper Professional first and have it a try:
How to clone a failing hard drive Windows 11/10/8/7
Step 1. Execute AOMEI Backupper, and click Disk Clone under Clone tab on the main console.
Step 2. Select the failing hard drive as source disk, and click Next to continue.
Step 3. Choose external HDD or SSD as destination disk to save all the data from the failed hard drive, and then click Next.
Step 4. Press Start Clone to start cloning failing hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7.
Wait for about 1 hour or more, the time depending on the data capacity of the failing hard drive. Take a break and have some coffee. It will completed soon.
Another way to transfer data from the failing hard drive is that backup the failing hard drive (skip the bad sectors) with disk backup feature, and restore the disk image to the other storage device.
If the failing hard drive is a system hard disk, you could replace the cloned hard drive with the failing hard drive, and set the cloned drive as first boot device in BIOS to boot the computer normally. All the above steps are applied to clone damaged external hard drive.
Don’t worrry if you have a failed hard drive, clone failing hard drive to external hard drive (HDD or SSD) with AOMEI Bakcupper easily and get all your files protected, or image failing hard drive and then restore all data to another hard disk easily.
For who is running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022 (including R2), and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more advanced features, such as command line backup/restore/clone, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, real time file sync, dynamic disk/volume clone, incremental and differential backup, etc.