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Flying Dutchman
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This may not be 100% the case, but I've read (in more than one occasions) that if your HDD has bad sectors it's not a good idea to do an image backup as it's likely that the new HDD will inherit the issues. If you use a backup program that has an option to ignore bad sectors, you may be able to get a working image depending on how damaged your current one is.
But the safest way would be to backup your data and do a clean OS install on the new HDD you got.

Good luck.

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[quote="Flying Dutchman":3s7n7zfd]This may not be 100% the case, but I've read (in more than one occasions) that if your HDD has bad sectors it's not a good idea to do an image backup as it's likely that the new HDD will inherit the issues. If you use a backup program that has an option to ignore bad sectors, you may be able to get a working image depending on how damaged your current one is.
But the safest way would be to backup your data and do a clean OS install on the new HDD you got.

Good luck.[/quote:3s7n7zfd]

Imaging is just a way of doing a backup of files, I never said it would result in a working system, if the system disk is involved, because errors maybe present in the source that will result in corrupt files at restoration time. Though, you still may be lucky if only unessential files are damaged. You may even repair the filesystem then fix the system using microsoft fixit tools. It really depends on the case.

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