We all have experienced this sick feeling of a dead computer at some point. The system will not boot. You’re sunk. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
The other day my laptop hard drive was making “ticking” sounds and would not boot. I thought all was lost, but I removed the HD and decided to order a replacement drive on line. Ah well, such is life.
This time, I got lucky though… twice. The replacement drive arrived and I went to work.
The first lucky event is that I coaxed the 750gb drive into booting one last time. At that point I quickly created a bootable CD using the Seagate DiscWizard software. DiscWizard is a cut down version of a popular backup/restore program known as Acronis. This version however works only on Seagate and Maxtor drives. You can find it here.
OK, so far so good… Next, I decided to create a disk image of a fresh Win7 installation I had previously put on the defective drive. My destination for that backup disk image was a trusty external USB HD I’ve owned for a while now.
With plenty of space available on that USB drive, I proceeded to create the backup image.
Guess what? The external drive failed during the save as well. Like Eric Clapton said… “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”. Good old Cream, I must be born under a bad sign.
But then it hit me, all is not lost!
I have 64gb storage available to me as a USB storage device! I use it every day, and it’s on my favorite thing, my phone… the Z30!
I plugged my Z30 into the PC and in Settings/Storage and Access turned on “USB Mass Storage”. Immediately my hobbled laptop had another drive.
Seagate DiscWizard saw my new “drive”, so I started the disk image again.
DiscWizard happily created the drive image in a directory called “My Backups/My Partitions” on my Z30 SD card. In actual fact, the software created 4 files because the SD card is formatted in FAT32 which can handle a maximum file size of 4gb each.
Thanks BlackBerry, and I didn’t need an “app for that”.