Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing
While you're in Windows use Explorer to copy all your personal data to external media. Do it now, while you have access.
The importance of having your personal data secured is up to you of course -- some people don't care and will never miss it, others don't care until the day they go looking for something, can't find it, and then finally realize that they've lost it.
After securing your data, or decide not to worry about it, read through this tutorial to prepare for a new OS install, just to be prepared for a recovery in case the clone/image attempt fails: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
The point is, is that there is more to a recovery than just having your data. You need install media, OS and app license keys, an inventory of the software you've got and a method you'll use to reinstall, etc.
After you've reviewed the above info and have gotten prepared, I need you to confirm you've got another internet connected machine you can use to communicate with us, download software, burn CDs, etc. If you do, you're ready to shutdown the problematic machine, pop open the case, install the new drive, and then attempt to clone from the old drive directly to the new drive by using a bootable CD/DVD/USB.