The new disk must be at least exactly the same size (check the number of LBA sectors) or larger; when larger, it's usually not a problem because the number of heads per cylinder and sectors per head will be the same if both disks use LBA mode. Windows may have some problems in dealing with bad sectors on a damaged hard disk, so the best solution is to use a Linux OS to copy data to another hard disk.
You can also use TestDisk to help analyze the sectors copied from a hard drive with physical problems onto a good drive.
- 1 Booting from Knoppix, a Linux LiveCD
- 2 Identifying an HDD's device
- 3 Disk Duplication
- 4 Early detection of bad sectors