I'm trying to find a couple of things:
- A reasonably recent equivalent to the old Norton Disk Doctor - you know, the one before Symantec hosed the Norton Utilities
- Something to check a disk image and verify its - validity? wholeness? - anyway, verify that it is functional
A recent effort on another's machine convinced me to get off my ass and do something I've been putting off for a couple-two-t'ree years, i.e.
, reorganize this beast I call a server. I has to HDs, a 1T and a 250G. The 1T disk has a couple of bootable partitions, and the 250G a couple more. What I wanted to do was to move the Win7 partition over to the 250G disk, then move or install - prolly install - a Linux distro on the other half of the 250G. Then wipe the 1T drive and use it to serve files & local Web stuff.
Been backing up with Paragon v9, so it seemed simple ... just restore one of those images to the 250G. Do any of you remember the early MS DOS days? From v2.1 (where I started with DOS) there was a backup program ... it apparently worked ... but 'twas v3.x before they got the restore
to work. I had a serious case of deja vu
... none of the Paragon images would restore ... they kept complaining of cross-linked files - after, of course, running the job to completion
So I decided to install Acronis True Image 2011, get the job done. Yeah, right
!. Acronis couldn't even finish creating the image before choking!
OK, CloneZilla Live to the rescue, right
? CloneZilla did - I discovered later - transfer the files. It did not
transfer the MBR, nor did it install a Grub equivalent ... it too complained of errors, but they were different - and many. After it finished, I rebooted the machine, got an MS message to the effect that I was hosed and should use the original CD/DVD. I did that, clicked the Repair
link, and voila
, I had two bootable Win7 partitions.
So now I'm trying to find something that will let me examine HDs for errors, and something that can, somehow, verify that a disk image is good - if that's even extant. I've looked for the Disk Doctor replacement for several years, now, but nothing found quite measured up
And I don't know where to start looking for an image verification tool - 3rd party, that is, cause I've already seen the the built in tools are not reliable.
So, once more, I'm standing here, hat in hand, feet shuffling, asking for help