I would venture to say that I can still work on computers, get things up and running, albeit not like the old MS-DOS days.
I couldn’t clone the harddrive using the Apricorn EZ-Gig and DriveWire utility. It kept failing due to read errors. The HDD is just crapping out. That would have been the ideal recovery because all I’d have had to do if I could successfully clone it was swap out the failing drive with the new one. That, however, was not to be.
Since plan A wasn’t working out no matter how many times I ran CHDSK and then reran the clone software, plan B was more of a rebuild approach. I took my 1Tb external drive and copied all the files and folders from the failing HDD. At least that way, all Lou and Lina’s data, photos, music, etc., are not lost. Then I created recovery DVDs using the HP Recovery disk creator tool on the failing drive.
Once that was done, I swapped out the drives and then did a recovery back onto the new drive that I had just mounted in the PC. That went perfectly… to go back to the original baseline OS and applications install that came with the newly purchased system. I had to re-install McAfee, MS Office, reconfigure certain things like Outlook, etc.. Whatever else Lina had installed in the last 3 years is gone, and she’s going to have to inventory what she wants back and re-install them all. Once she does that, we have whatever data files go with them to copy back into the systems.
What a pain in the ass!!!
Cloning standalone PC using the Drivewire and EZ-Gig system is awesome otherwise…