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Windows 7: Need to retrieve user files from a corrupt win7 hdd to new install

23 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Need to retrieve user files from a corrupt win7 hdd to new install

Good evening guys

Sorry my thread title is a little confusing.

Long story cut short, my old man's pc fried when inserting a usb stick in a front port, i tried a diff psu but nothing, fans on, light on mobo, no output, tried everything, removed ram, gpu, still nothing, came to conclusion of dead motherboard/cpu. It was an older athlon and i had a spare i5 rig lying about so donated it to him.

I installed a new motherboard/cpu/ram and psu. Used an old spare hdd of mine in a good state and installed a fresh copy of windows 7. His old drives still work when inserted into the pc so i can get full access but it wont boot 7, i understand major hardware changes would cause this to happen, thats fine, hence the new install.

So how do i get the files i need, user files, to my new disc. I dont mean to sound stupid but is it simple as easy as going into explorer and copying the contents of the old user directory over the new user directory? Where do i find all the outlook emails, settings, etc? If i overwrite any existing files will it cause any problomatic conflicts/boot issues? What happens if i can't copy some files as in use etc? I've heard of live linux distro's being used to copy files over, but want to make sure it wont cause me any issues first.

I've always backed up before doing a pc upgrade, this one was rather not planned for and my dad's last backup was a little while ago.

Many thanks for any input.

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 Need to retrieve user files from a corrupt win7 hdd to new install

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