Clone Failing Hard Drive to Prevent Data Loss

Posted by @AOMEI

May 10, 2016

You may want to clone the failing hard drive, which is a function that AOMEI Backupper has, since you have been tired of the failing disk in the past and want to replace it for a new one.

You have a failing hard drive

You may just recently have the situation on your PC that it shows things like slowing down very much now and then and very often after boot the system asked for disk checking. This is a sign that your hard disk is starting to fail.

Even, 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”. It’s time for you to change a new hard drive, because you have a failing hard drive.

Advice to deal with a failing hard drive

  • Clone a failing hard drive

When you have a failing drive, the best solution to solve problem is to clone the failing hard drive. Cloning hard drive means to copy the whole hard drive to another, which is not the same as backing up -- when a drive is cloned, you have everything on it including the operating system, the applications and all the files, besides the hard drive’s environment, partitions and all will be recreated accordingly.

  • Clone a failing hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

In order to clone a failing hard drive successfully, a powerful clone software is a must. AOMEI Backupper is the one which supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7. You can use it to clone large disk to small disk as long as all the data on the source disk can fit the smaller one. And by default, AOMEI Backupper will ignore bad sectors (which may exit in a failing disk) while cloning. What’s more, it allows you to clone MBR to GPT or clone GPT to MBR without reinstalling Windows. If you’re not using Windows operating system, you can also boot your computer with a bootable CD/USB disk created by AOMEI Backupper to clone hard disk.

Step 1: Download and Install this freeware, and Click “Disk Clone” under Clone tab.

Disk Clone

Step 2: Select the failing hard drive in the Window by clicking on the disk, and click "Next" to continue. In the next screen, click on the destination disk receiving the data, and then click “Next”.

Source Disk

Step 3: If it is an SSD you want to clone to, check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD” (this option will optimize the performance and life time of destination SSD). However, you shouldn’t check “Sector by sector clone” here. Then click “Start Clone” to start the cloning process.

Alignment

Cloning the failing hard drive to a new drive is the best solution to fix your failing PC. And for the intuitive interface and good performance, it is recommended to try AOMEI Backupper to finish the clone job. Beside, AOMEI Backupper is also regarded as an extraordinary free backup and restore software. You can even use it to restore to dissimilar hardware for free.