I apologise for being unclear. My experience with damaged hard drives is limited, and I'm extremely hampered by my lack of recovery disks.
1.WHAT is the goal you have in mind?
2.WHAT do you mean by defective?
3.A defective hard disk should be imaged FULLY and UNCONDITIONALLY "as is" (forensical like or dd-like).
4.As well a defective filesystem should first be imaged and then attempted to be fixed "locally".
1. I want to copy the old drive to the new drive, repair any filesystem errors that may be present, and hurl the old drive out the window.
2. The old drive has bad sectors and runs very slowly ahd hangs constantly. It also fails HP's bios-based hard drive test. (I don't think I said it was defective?) chkdsk /r puts out an incredible amount of text in its repairs.
3. Acronis won't allow me to image the whole drive because a software bug related to the pagefile. I don't know of any other bootable programs that can accomplish this.
4. I think this would be easiest to do if I was able to restore the factory image on the new hard drive. I could use some tips here.
5. Do you want to replace the internal hard disk of the laptop?
6. Do you want to repair the filesystem on the main partition of the laptop?
7. Do you want to restore the hard disk through the recovery partition "factory like"?
8. Do you want to do the above on the newly installed harddisk?
5. Yes, I want to replace the hard disk. The disk has bad sectors and I believe is the culprit for extremely slow performance.
6. The disk has a lot of programs that would be a pain to reinstall, so repairing the filesystem would be a good plan. I'd want to copy the repaired drive image to the new drive if it worked.
7. If I could run the recovery process on the new hard drive, I believe i'd be in a better position to work on the filesystem of the old drive, and have a good fallback point if the filesystem isn't repairable. I have a driveXML image of the damaged drive that should have most of the user's data intact. Acronis has a bug in which any pagefile on the source disk that is not of a system managed size causes the full disk imaging process to fail.
8. Yes. I want to recycle the old hard drive for all the trouble its given me.
I believe the recovery partition is okay. I partitioned the new drive exactly like the old drive, and copied the recovery partition to it. I tried to do the same with the main partition's files (pretty much just \Windows), but acronis placed the files in a subfolder. I can't run the recovery process with the files in this location ("ntldr is missing"). Without a vista CD, I can't use UBCD or BartPE to build a PE and move those restored files to the root folder, or boot into the vista CD's command prompt. If this can be done with just a vista CD, i'll see if I can obtain one.
What I was trying to ask was if I can create a preinstalled environment from the factory image so I can boot from a USB and move the restored files. Or, if HP uses a specific software suite to work with their factory images (norton Ghost for one) I could restore the factory image to the new hard drive.
Thanks for taking the time to help me out. I hope this is clearer.