My problem is the hard drive is on the verge of failure, so I tried cloning it with Acronis True Image, DriveImage XML, and xcopy in command prompt (Windows 7).
In Acronis, it gave me a failure error, but no explanation or errorcode, same with DriveImageXML, and xcopy gave me a crc (cyclic redundancy error).
To attempt to resolve this, I ran chkdsk on the drive, using this exact line: chkdsk H: /f/r/v/x/b (yes i know some of the switches are redundant such as /r implying /f), and it hung on the same exact point on stage four, so I tried it with /r, instead of /f as some people said that caused the problem, and that didn't work, just hung at the same exact spot. I finally just copied everything to the external drive (click and drag) with multiple files failing to transfer for different reasons, but since that doesn't copy the registry or other required files, and i don't have all of the software (favor for a family member visiting), and he lost the discs on top of that, it would help to clone it over. Are there any suggestions on how to fix this?
Also, I have decided to freeze the HDD, as it is on the verge of failure, and I copied everything i could, but i was wondering, should i let it thaw at room temparature, and wait a day for all condensation to evaporate, or would that destroy the drive, or should I try running chkdsk again and than cloning it (at which point it would have warmed up again already)
Thanks for the help, and if any OP's feel that this thread is not appropriate for this sub-forum, just remove it.
Thanks for any help that can be offered.