Not sure if I aam spitting in the wind. Trying to write byte by byte a disk image....log contiinuously spits out lines that say "Read disk at position ######## failed after 1 attempts. The handle is invalid (6). It has been running for two hours like this, says 4 more hours to go.....wondering if there is any point in continuing.
History: Was using fireflox when suddenly it began opening multiple blank tabs. Couldn't get out of it without force reboot. Computer didn't boot again. Tried every restore/repair process available through Windows, booting from update USB, Sony OEM Recovery Mode, etc, boootrec, etc. Couldn't get anything but a command prompt. Directory structure was still present when I started fooling with it (according to DIR command), but got lost somewhere in the process. Gone now. Windows partition appears to contain only "recovery.txt" file which was recreated with new time each time I attempted reboot. Also Ran CHKDSK /r /f....now I know that was a mistake. NO bad sectors were found.
So I removed drive, mounted it in an external enclosure and connected it to a working machine. First ran AVG, no virus found. Next ran R-Studio scan. It showed lots and lots of stuff in the graphics and it pulled out a bunch of old doc files in raw and also a couple yellow partitions and several red. SMART shows all green on the drive, no apparent hardware problems. Didn't poke into anything further or attempt to recover, decide to stop there make an image before continuing. That brings me back to where I am now.....stuck waiting on this disk image.
Update....I just bumped the USB cord,,,,it stopped the image and spit out a message that it was unable to continue. so now I am back to square 1