Transferring Dell partitions to new HDD?

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I have a Dell B130. Yeah, not a very exciting PC, but it works and it
was free.

However the HDD has developed some evil and no longer passes SMART
diagnostics - it does boot but gets very unreliable. The restore disks
that come with the unit do not provide a means to reinstall the diags/
recovery partitions.

Before I get seriously into rooting around with dd and a sector
editor, is there a documented process for transferring ALL the data
over to the new drive?


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When SMART goes bad, the fat lady has sung.  You can try running chkdsk
/r from a command prompt to fix master file table/directory/file errors,
but the hardware problems will persist. You should write your important
personal files to CD/DVD before any more time passes.

If the HD is reliable enough, you could purchase a cloning utility like
Acronis, a USB disk enclosure for the size of drive you are replacing,
and clone the old drive to the new drive in the enclosure.

The least expensive is to copy your important files (entire Documents
folder) to CD/DVD, purchase a replacement HD from Dell,,
etc., and use your restore CD set to install the OS and junk to the new
HD and restore your files from the CD/DVD.


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