Full backup with bad blocks
I posted earlier about my situation, but I'm looking at the issue from a different point of view now, so I thought I'd start a new thread.
It appears that I have bad blocks on my hard disk, and I want to find the best way to back everything up so I can restore it all to a new drive after I swap them. I will probably be sending in the drive under warranty, so I won't have both drives at the same time (and this is on a laptop anyway, so I wouldn't be able to image from one to the other).
At this point I've already made CD backups of vital files, but switching now would mean repartitioning, reinstalling OSs, all applications, restoring the backup, getting everything set up again, etc., where I'd rather do something closer to making an image of what I have now and restoring it to the new drive with a minimal amount of work spent doing all this.
At this point, it looks like an external USB hard drive is the best choice for backup media (let me know if people have other suggestions), so I'm planning to pick one up and backup onto that. I was looking into partimage for doing the image idea, but I read that a single bad block on the drive will make partimage stop altogether, and there's no way to make it skip the bad data and backup what is there.
Is there any way to make an image that ignores my bad blocks? If not, what is the best and most reliable way to make as close as possible to a "full backup" to this external drive?
Thanks in advance.