Q: Cloning Disks with Bad Blocks
Noob to the forum here. I've used Acronis several times to clone drives to larger capacity drives, but I've never tried to clone a drive that shows 2 bad blocks in a bench test.
I am able to run a bench test that scanned the entire disk, so I believe it can be read, but I don't know what to expect when I try to clone it to a new drive. Will the data on all the good sectors clone if I tell the process to skip bad sectors?
I *really* don't want to lose any data, so what settings should I use? Should I try to clone the entire disk and include the data on the bad sectors? Help!
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Good thoughts, thanks. I should have mentioned the bad drive and the new one will not be system/boot disks. It is a data disk. I'll check the backup option and ignore bad sectors, as you suggest.
I don't want to sound like a spaz, but I really like Acronis cloning software and have never had issues with it, so that's why I was thinking about thaking that route.
I'll post how it all goes.
Just wanted to let you know the backup and restore worked great. I did lose some data in the bad sectors, but thankfully nothing critical. I appreciate the help in showing me that I should not clone, but backup and restore instead. I actually backup another drive as a safety precaution.
Clone is rarely the correct option. In the vast majority of uses, the best course is to use Backup, as James F indicated.
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