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Windows 7: should I restore my primary hard drive or not

30 Apr 2010   #1
frank2080

 
 
should I restore my primary hard drive or not

Recently my windows 7 froze at the welcome screen and I did a windows recovery from a disc provided for me. After I restored it, I wasn't able to see my secondary hard drive and I installed new programs. I finally got my secondary hard drive online and there was all my old data. If I restore this info from my secondary hard drive to my primary hard drive, will it wipe out all my new programs on the primary hard drive. There are pictures and video on it that I really want.


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30 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Nope, just drag-n-drop the files onto the location you want on your new hard drive.
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30 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I personally do not use drag and drop because that is not a very precise way of doing things. Suggest you use Copy to Folder
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30 Apr 2010   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frank2080 View Post
Recently my windows 7 froze at the welcome screen and I did a windows recovery from a disc provided for me. After I restored it, I wasn't able to see my secondary hard drive and I installed new programs. I finally got my secondary hard drive online and there was all my old data. If I restore this info from my secondary hard drive to my primary hard drive, will it wipe out all my new programs on the primary hard drive. There are pictures and video on it that I really want.
Frank,
Data restore == yes.
Program restore == no.

In other words, you can copy your data over but you can't copy your programs over.

Does this answer your question?

With pics and videos,
Select the library on your computer, then copy or move the files from your old disk over to those libraries.

Type WIN + E
In the Address bar (not in the search bar), type PICTURES
Hit the ENTER key

Follow a similar approach for your videos, however, type VIDEOS

The WIN key is that one with the funny looking, wavy flag on it.
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30 Apr 2010   #5
frank2080

 
 

Thank's for the tips. I have moved some files over, but now I have to figure out how to open Zb Thumbnail.info files. My Uniblue registry fixer doesn't fix that file. Oh well, on to the next problem.
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03 May 2010   #6
frank2080

 
 

I tried formating the second hard drive and it won't let me. I keep getting a ( windows was unable to complete the format ) message.
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03 May 2010   #7
frank2080

 
 

I wonder if I uninstall the drive, would it reinstall itself and then all would be right with the world.
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03 May 2010   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you uninstalled the drive in Device Manager, it would install the drivers again on the next reboot.
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04 May 2010   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frank2080 View Post
I wonder if I uninstall the drive, would it reinstall itself and then all would be right with the world.
Frank,
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06 May 2010   #10
frank2080

 
 
Thanks again for the tips.

The computer is only 5months old. I'm going to send it back and let sager fix it up. I just didn't want to be without it for 1 or 2 months or however long it will take them to get it back to me.
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