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Migrate Easy aborts upon drive error (PC goes to sleep)?

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In the past few weeks my windows vista boot drive started to make loud clicking sound once in a while. I figure it may not have long to live, so I want to clone it to another drive.

The boot drive is 250GB but only 150GB is in use. I have a spare 200GB drive so I use that as the destination drive.

I downloaded a trial of acronis migrate easy and everything runs fine initially. It reboots into text mode and shows the copy progress. When it reaches about 38%, the C drive makes a clicking sound, the screen turns blank and the PC goes to sleep mode (the power LED blinks). If I press the power button to restart the PC, the disk activity light flashes but there is no display. If I turn off power and turn it on again, acronis says "completed" and boots into windows again. There is nothing on the destination drive, not even a valid partition.

Just to make sure the PC is not really going to sleep, during the copy process I press the shift key and wiggle the mouse every few minutes but that didn't help.

BTW, I tried the seagate discWizard (looks like a rebranded version of Migrate Easy) with the exact same result.

Any idea how to proceed?

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Sounds like the disk is very very close to failure.

Try:

1. Run chckdsk -r - that might repair the disk enough to allow cloning to complete.

2. Wrap the failing drive in a freezer bag or similar and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes - if the platters or head are slightly warped, this might bring everything back into alignment allowing a clone to complete.

3. Remove the failing drive from the PC and place in the external drive caddy, place the new 200GB drive into the PC and perform a reverse clone, from the CD.

I haven't got my list handy, but are there any restrictions in the function of the trial version?

***EDIT****
The only restrictions for the trial version is that it will only work for 15 days from install.