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Old 07-26-2010, 06:55 AM   #1
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I tried to clone my C drive today. First with Paragon, then with WIn7 imaging. Both programs choked because of unable to read source drive. I ran crystaldiskinfo, which said "caution" (yellow flag) for "reallocated sector count"

I had a look at the SMART section of wikipedia, but Im still none the wiser.

The hard drive is less than 6 months old. I had run Spinrite on it a couple of weeks prior and it didnt find any errors.

What does this mean in terms of the status of the drive? Is it kaput? Salvageable? Should I re-format? Replace?
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Are you trying to clone your operating system from inside windows?

As for the error message run chkdsk on that drive.
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chkdsk will not have any effect on the reallocated sector count. The reallocated sectors in SMART are handled by the drive itself at the physical level.
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Spinrite is not what you want to be using in theis case. download hddscan from www.hddguru.com and post the results of the SAMRT test to get some actual numbers.
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