Clone crap you get crap. Obviously the drive has issues.
The drive needs to be Zero Erased and OS X + programs reinstalled, after you've backd up user files manually off the machine first to a storage drive.
Okay, well, the reason I am trying to clone, and not zero erase everything, is that I do not have all of the programs or OS on discs that I can simply reinstall everything. If I did, I would do that instead. In fact, I would prefer that, but at this point, I am hoping to find a suggestion to repair the current drive so that it is clonable. I'll be upgrading the OS at a later date, but I can't at this time.
Maybe another option would be to find out how, exactly, I can extract the programs from my old drive, and reinstall them on the new one without cloning.
I could backup my user files and programs on another drive. Install the drive and the OS in the laptop, and then reinstall my old programs. Any tips on how I can move the programs over without the original discs?