Will making a disk image and then restoring from it restore all errors as well?

by on May 6, 2010

Q: I am looking to create a system image of my hard drive because it seems to be reporting errors. I was looking to reformat the drive and then restore the data using the system image. I understand that imaging takes an exact copy of the drive. If you then restore using system image after formatting the hard drive are you then restoring the errors as well?

Also, I tried to format the drive using the Windows 7 boot CD. When it got to the hard drives information page it would not give me access to perform a format on the Windows system drive. I have another HDD and that can be formatted no problem.

One Response to “Will making a disk image and then restoring from it restore all errors as well?”
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    The hard drive reporting errors could be a sign of serious problems with the drive. It may even totally fail soon. Most drives are warrantied for 3-5 years. All the major manufacturers (Seagate, Western Digital, etc.) have free diagnostic software available for download on their websites. Grab the appropriate software for your drive and let it run some tests, see the manufacturers warranty page for details on returning the drive if it is defective.

    If you try to create the system image the computer should make its best effort at copying data correctly. Depending on the nature of the hard drive problems it might have trouble making the image, symptoms may include error messages or lockups. However, if the image is created successfully without any error messages you should be in the clear.

    Just make sure your hard drive isn’t defective before you copy the data back on.