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13 Oct 2011   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
Restore Windows 7 from *barely* readable drive

Hi all,

My old hard drive gave out, but in a manner that allows me to copy files off of it still for about 10 minutes at a time. I'm not sure what is wrong with it, but I can't repair it. I would like to recreate the Windows environment (installed programs, customized settings, etc.). I have copied just about all of the files off of the drive, but my question now is: How do I recreate it? I have created a fresh install of Windows 7 on a spare hard drive, but wanted to see if it is as simple as just copying all the files over to the new drive ( I don't think so)?

Thanks for any and all advice!


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14 Oct 2011   #2

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I would just copy out your personal data & reinstall all the programs.
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