I've an old laptop (WinXP) which I wanted to clone via Linux's dd (Ubuntu live CD) onto a second HDD. Unfortunately dd fails due to read I/O errors. The Windows Installation itself is still able to read all files from its drive, so I think NTFS marked some sectors as unusable. That's why I want to clone the installation on a file level. At first I dd'ed the MBR to the second HDD, so the partition layout is the same on source and destination HDD. The next step was to clone the actual files. I connected the two HDD's to a thirdparty Windows machine (Windows 7) and used robocopy to clone the files including the permissions:
ROBOCOPY E:\ F:\ /e /efsraw /copyall /dcopy:t /r:0
So even as I ran the commandline for robocopy "as Administrator", some directories gave me "Access denied", e.g. the users %appdata%. Is there a way to ship around this problem? I don't want to mess with the permissions on the source volume, so how can I copy the user profiles correctly?
Current state is, that the file-cloned Windows installation boots, but the user profiles are missing data.