Re: Cloning a Windows Hard Drive with DD
Note that if you have any bad sectors, dd would also attempt to copy those, even if you already repaired the partition. And if you already mark out badblocks those would also be locked out when cloned. But I could not get clonezilla to work for a repaired Windows partition with bad sectors, because it choked when it could not get past the bad sectors. So I had to image the drive with Acronis (WD free version) which had an option to do file by file image instead of sector by sector. That worked and could even expand a partition while writing it to a different drive.
More recently the Linux partition at the far end of my 1 TB drive started going bad. I used Acronis to image the Win7 partitions (after shrinking main partition to increase room for Linux) to a new drive (and mbr since I have grub on a different drive), reinstalled Linux, and copied my home directory over to the new drive. As far as I know only a few Steam game files were corrupted from the failing drive and I was able to fix those by verifying game cache. With Steam for Linux I needed more room for Ubuntu anyway, so that gave me a chance to enlarge my Linux partition.
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