If you're just looking to copy/back up data (i.e. not clone/mirror an OS drive), there's a couple of programs I recommend you consider.
The first is Free File Sync
. It's really good for systematic back up - even if you do it manually. Good GUI / easy to use. I use it to update my back up (compare file date/time/size and "mirror" sync so stuff I deleted on the main HDD is also deleted on the backup HDD)
If I'm copying/backing up for the first time (folder or entire data HDD), I use either Fast Copy
or the free
version of Teracopy
that by default Teracopy will substitute for Windows OS copying - this includes moving things. So if you accidently move something from one place to another, there's no "undo" option like with windows.
Fast Copy doesn't have an installer (stand alone) and verifies via MD5 (which I prefer), but the GUI isn't as good IMO. If Fast copy had the same/as good GUI as Teracopy, I'd use that exclusively. As it stands, I find Tera copy a bit easier to uses on a daily basis. If you don't want Tera Copy to act as the default copy hander, go to "more" -> "menu" -> "preferences" and uncheck that option.
In your case, I suggest Fast Copy or Tera Copy since you're not updating a back up for some massive data folder (like images, music, etc.).
GL & hope this helps. I now have a similar dead HDD issue