DISCUSSION - ("Cold") disk imaging

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  1. Atari800XL

    Atari800XL MDL Addicted

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    Yes, I forgot to mention that, that would be my advice as well. And if making an image doesn't work, at least try to copy the "dentist" data from it. If there are any bad sectors, maybe you can skip a few files, but maybe some (or most) of the unique data files can be saved.
     
  2. urie

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    sid_16 now you have explained the situation, try Atari800XL solution and see if you can mount the AOMEI backup on a different system to recover the data files or professional recovery company.

    Also I would remove the hard drive from the old xp machine and clone it on another machine to new hard drive by clone I do not mean a compressed image file with what ever software you chose but an exact disk copy.

    There may be more things failing on that old machine also causing problems.
     
  3. sid_16

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    Hi,
    Sorry for the late reply! He has tried to recovered the data from a professional but its useless since the software (RVG) can't read or accept the data correctly.

    Thanks for your suggestion though! But that hard disk is pata and now a days its very rare and no professional here in my locality are interested to create an image of the failing hard drive with the lengthy process. They only know how to make money easily by formatting a hard drive and installing an windows.

    Tried that but all goes in vain.

    The machine is working well now with a new not exactly new but a replaced one with winxp pro sp2 but the recovered data is not accepted by the newly installed software (RVG).

    UPDATE:

    The old hard drive data not all but few has been recovered.
    The old data when copied to the newly installed hard drive and windows, are not accepted correctly, I don't know why?
    I'm able to install the Aomei backupper image into the new hard drive successfully but the WinXP won't boot.
    When power is on to the machine, the screen shows IBM logo for few seconds then the screen becomes blank a cursor blinks at the top left corner for many times and nothing happens.
    The windows won't boot properly. Any solution?
    P.S I'd downloaded a new WIN XP PRO SP3 from MDL , can you tell me how to repair the system with the help of the CD?
    Code:
    Windows XP/en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-80428.iso
    589.14 MB 617,756,672
    MD5 f424a52153e6e5ed4c0d44235cf545d5
    SHA1 1c735b38931bf57fb14ebd9a9ba253ceb443d459



    The newly installed WinXP PRO SP2 has no matching driver(s) for that machine therefore, the screen resolution can't be corrected. The old hard drive had an invisible recovery partition and I think it has a factory reset option there. But how I recover that partition? If it could be recovered and installed then something could have been done.
     
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  4. Jogs

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    Old and new HDDs have very different structures, so even if an image gets restored to a new HDD it won't boot, and XP is one of the OS that doesn't want to boot even if there is a slightest change.
    Try to boot into safe mode and remove all the drivers, then boot again normally. It works some times but not always.
    As for connectors there are HDD external casings ( also some simple external connectors) available in the market which lets you connect HDDs as USB drives. As you are not going to use it for long the cheap ones will be sufficient.
     
  5. urie

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  6. sid_16

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    I as well as the doctor was unaware of it until the shop owner told that it has a hidden drive with a factory reset option but it was late, the hard drive was replaced with a new WinXP SP2 installed.
    Since its a very old machine, it has no driver CD, all the machines sticker from the front side including its S/N number seems invisible and worn out but after applying some chemical to a sticker 'that remained at back of the machine', I'm able to copy the XP Windows key but it got rejected by the XP SP2 during installation, when it prompted to activate. The technician who, installed the windows install some generic Pentium4 drivers but it seems that its not sufficient for a smooth running.

    I've a question, if I re-restore the system using the aomei backupper image and start a repair using my"newly downloaded XP Pro SP3" CD, will the machine boot normally?

    The old image will give a direct link to the IBM support or at least their software can detect the machine and may help to download any needed driver(s).
     
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