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Hello everybody,

I've been having a terrible time trying to do the "simple task" of installing a Samsung EVO 500GB SSD into my desktop. The desktop is nine years old but was made from a top-of-the-line Asus motherboard and runs perfectly in all other respects. The HDD is a 750 GB Hitachi drive that has worked flawlessly since the system was new.

The symptoms are:

. Cannot backup the C drive onto a USB drive to protect my data;

. Cannot migrate or clone my data using Samsung's Migration Tool, Macrium Reflect or Partition Wizard without incurring errors, aborts or hangs.

. Samsung's Magician tool fails to see my Hitachi drive altogether and aborts.

These apps give various error reports ranging from uselessly cryptic to no report at all and simply slowing down to an impossible crawl.

. Partition Wizard, after an hour of chugging away, slows to 6.3 KB/s before my patience runs out and I press the Cancel button to abort the procedure.

. Macrium Reflect, from its Win PE 10 OS, encounters the first read error at 42% and increments it one byte at a time every two seconds ad infinitum.

. Windows Backup runs about 25% of the way then aborts with a "Cannot read the sector specified, Err 23:" error.

CHKDSK /F fails to find any errors at all even after repeated runs on all of my partitions. This is most surprising as CHKDSK has been around since DOS days and has never failed me before.

Partition Wizard's Surface Test however does reveal three sector errors and those errors are in the middle of my C data meaning that I cannot isolate them by reducing the size of the partition to just enough to hold the existing data and then reformatting the Unallocated Space that results. I tried this and the errors stayed with the data. I also defragged the drive even though Win 10 does this automatically and I may have only moved the bad sectors to other parts of the data. The three bad sectors, or "blocks" as Partition Wizard calls them, remained.

Somehow I have to backup my data intact onto another drive (USB or otherwise), then install Windows onto my SSD, then restore the data onto the SSD without using any of the migration/cloning tools that are supposedly designed for this purpose.

Someone in another post suggested to do a clean install of Windows 10 onto the SSD, then move the data onto it from the damaged C drive. To prepare for this I have downloaded a fresh Win 10 .iso into a bootable USB stick using Windows' Media Creation Tool, but I'm afraid that after transferring my programs and data over to the SSD the new OS won't fully install my apps as the Registry will be new and not have any listings in it from my old Registry. I would have to reinstall my applications anyway, something I've been trying to avoid as most of my programs never came with backup CDs. I'd also rather not use the old Registry and do a clean install if it is at all possible. The old Registry still works, however, so I will use it if I have no other alternative.

So, any ideas on how I can fix this problem?

Thank you for any help you can give!


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