Quote: Originally Posted by somguy
I have a 64 bit Asus laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium. My laptop recently had a hard drive problem and i had to get it removed and put in another one. My original hard drive was put in a case and i can use it as an external hard drive now. I had not done any back up or anything (new here), and now i need my data on the new hard drive from the old hard drive.
Do you have a brand new fresh Windows 7 already installed on the new hard drive currently installed in your laptop? And now all you want to do is copy the "data" from your original drive, now available as an external second hard drive for Windows Explorer or other similar file manager programs?
If that's the case, and you only want to retrieve "data", then just use Windows Explorer or other file manager products (e.g. Free Commander
) to copy the data from your old drive to your new drive. Free Commander is very nice in that it has an intuitive 2-pane presentation (for source and target, during COPY/MOVE operations).
Probably much of your data is in the \Users folder (My Documents, etc.) although you might have stored it originally in other "data folders" of your own naming convention on the same C-partition when it was previously inside your laptop.
But all/almost-all programs you previously had installed under Windows 7 on your old hard drive will need to be reinstalled from scratch, to go into the \Program Files folders on your laptop's new internal hard drive.
There is one possible "wrinkle" that could occur, if you have a new userid on the newly installed Windows 7 hard drive now inside your laptop, and you get "access denied" trying to access the data folders (or \User folders) from your now external drive. You'll then have to "take ownership" of the old drive, so that you can have unrestricted access to all of your old data and folders/files.
Or... do you simply have an EMPTY hard drive now inside your laptop, and you want to literally "re-image" your old internal hard drive that is now external onto the new hard drive now inside your laptop?
This is a whole different project.