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Algalon

I have a 5+ year old HDD and I am looking to clone the OS (and some other info) onto a new WD SSD. I have tried AOMEI, EaseUS, Acronis WD, Macrium and all have failed with errors regarding the drive. I have defragged the disk and run CCleaner registry repair. I continue to face "$i30" wrong index notices. I managed to "succeed" with Acronis but when booting into the SSD, the lock screen flashes and I am unable to log in. I have done this multiple times and wiped the SSD multiple times. I have run chkdsk /r /x /f. I am currently running WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics but the Quick Test estimated to take 2 minutes is taking more than 45 as of this message. I strongly suspect the drive is damaged BUT I continue to boot into it and enjoy full operability on Windows, albeit quite slowly. I just want to evacuate my OS and data and Windows settings and themes onto the SSD and I won't have to think about this HDD anymore. Please help, I have tried so many things...

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What OS? 

What does SMART data say about the two drives?

 

I would recommend doing a fresh install since the hard drive could be damaged. 

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Copy all the data to an external USB drive, and then do a clean install of Windows on the SSD. Then move everything over. 

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I would highly recommend not cloning the drive. You would be much better off pulling the Windows license off the HDD and then create a fresh Windows install on the SSD. It's more of a pain, but you would be better off starting fresh. 

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Try to backup it to an image on a different drive and restore it on the SSD. Might work.

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5 minutes ago, Algalon said:

I have a 5+ year old HDD and I am looking to clone the OS (and some other info) onto a new WD SSD. I have tried AOMEI, EaseUS, Acronis WD, Macrium and all have failed with errors regarding the drive. I have defragged the disk and run CCleaner registry repair. I continue to face "$i30" wrong index notices. I managed to "succeed" with Acronis but when booting into the SSD, the lock screen flashes and I am unable to log in. I have done this multiple times and wiped the SSD multiple times. I have run chkdsk /r /x /f. I am currently running WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics but the Quick Test estimated to take 2 minutes is taking more than 45 as of this message. I strongly suspect the drive is damaged BUT I continue to boot into it and enjoy full operability on Windows, albeit quite slowly. I just want to evacuate my OS and data and Windows settings and themes onto the SSD and I won't have to think about this HDD anymore. Please help, I have tried so many things...

You have 2 ways of doing this, 1. you can clone your valuble data onto an external drive then reinstall windows on the new drive. or 2. you can use software like AOMEI Partition Assistant to clone your OS drive to another installed drive

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Windows 10 64-bit. I've got about 200GB of data so I can't do that. Plus, there are a lot of Windows themes and settings I don't wanna re-do. I'm waiting on SMART data, I will update within the next 12 hours on that.

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If the HDD is so screwed, how could I continue to boot off of it and use it fine right now?

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9 hours ago, Algalon said:

If the HDD is so screwed, how could I continue to boot off of it and use it fine right now?

probably not for long. but if it isnt, it could just be corruption in windows, so cloning it will only bring the problems to the ssd. you could use clonezilla. works everytime.

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first boot system from windows disc to cmd prompt

then run chkdsk "driveletter": /r

do this both drives

when that finished 

xcopy *.* "sourcedrive": "destinationdrive": /s /e /k /h /x /y and if overnetwork /z

make sure destination drive has already been formated with bootable permissions set before you start the copy process

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I canceled the WD LifeGuard test after 13 hours and it reported bad sectors. SMART status says PASS and the Test Result is a fail with an error code of 08-.

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Wow, that is annoying. Failed with so many popular cloning software. Have you ever tried clone to another disk or test the WD SSD on another computer? Anyway, clean install would be my first choice. As to the 200GB data, make a backup image for them using AOMEI Backupper or the like. The process might be shorter. 

If there are applications you don't want to reinstall, how about making a backup image for the entire hard drive and restore it to the new SSD? This methods requires a bootable device. A bootable device with backup software installed also allows you to backup hard drive without booting Windows. 

Good luck. 

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