Quote: Originally Posted by Perumexican
Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter
I don't think it'll work if you use a SATA drive. Are you certain your drive is dead?
Use Ultimate Boot CD
to run hard drive diagnostics outside of Windows.
I'll try that. I had figured I'd need a new drive anyways, though, because 160gb is too small these days. Thanks for your opinion on the SATA.
Definitely run any HD diag tool to include the one recommended to determine if the drive is bad. If the drive works then all you need to do is a fresh Windows 7 install and then restore your backup. If you feel the 160gb is not big enough you can still add another drive.
If you want or have to get a new drive you can still get ATA/100 500gb
If you would prefer to go with the faster SATA drives and your motherboard does not have SATA ports, then you will need a PCI SATA Contoller.
If you end up going SATA and install Windows 7, you should be able to restore your data (image) without any problems. Even if there is a problem, you are at no greater loss than you are now (a system that does not have your old image on it that works).
Once you do get your Windows 7 PC back up and running, I recommend that you have a second drive or at the least a different partition to store your data (not OS and software). Then you can back up just the data separately. That way, if your system fails, you can always reload Windows and your programs and not have to worry about losing data.
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