I wish to clone a Windows 7 partition from a problematic sata drive to a new sata drive using a software. I tried different software from dos but got extremely slow speeds (estimated 50 days for 94 GB). Before the last time I turned it off, it booted normally but made file errors.
So now I wish to try to copy it on windows, just in case the speed problem is related to drivers (I hope!) I consider this possibility due to the fact the read speed was VERY constant on these software which have their own bootable media (HDD led lights on for 3 secs, off for 14 secs, blinks, and off for another 14 secs) I hope running on windows can fix the problem, otherwise I'm dead =)
The question is; will Windows 7 mess with another partition which also has Windows 7 installed? Like on XP, it does strange stuff on registry if you don't hide another XP partition. I also don't want any other write operations on the problematic disk, like automatic chkdsk, in order to prevent any further damage on the file system. Just want to use it as the source for clonning.