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Windows 7: Moving Windows from broken hard drive

13 Sep 2012   #1
willgladman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Moving Windows from broken hard drive

With reference to my previous thread (Help! Problem with system restore and SMART Hard Drive detection) I am buying a new hard drive and a universal drive adapter in order to hopefully get the majority of my data from the old hard drive.

The only thing I'm unsure of is how to get the Windows folders off my old hard drive and onto the new one, considering that the only tools available to me are cmd and BIOS. I may be able to use somebody's working computer - if so, is it just a case of using the UDA to move the files between the two hard drives?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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13 Sep 2012   #2
Arc

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13 Sep 2012   #3
willgladman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That's a great help, thanks. My only issue is that I can't boot Windows and Windows Backup and Restore doesn't work - freezes every time.
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13 Sep 2012   #4
Arc

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First make it sure that your 100 MB System Reserved hidden partition is marked as active or not. If not, Mark it as active.

Then run Startup Repair for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.
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16 Sep 2012   #5
willgladman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

tried that; now getting bootmgr errors so completely stuck. This is driving me mad am I gonna have to pay out to get this fixed?
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16 Sep 2012   #6
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16 Sep 2012   #7
willgladman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for that, will I be able to boot Defender from a USB even though bootmgr isn't working/has disappeared?

Sorry for being such a noob.
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16 Sep 2012   #8
Arc

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Download PW Boot CD. Butn it in a blank CD, and boot into it. Then, upload a camera snap of the drive listings in PW.
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17 Sep 2012   #9
willgladman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, I ran Partition Wizard and managed to get BOOTMGR back, however when I run DISKPART I don't see any 100mb partition.

Currently downloading Defender Offline to see if it can sort this mess out. Is there some way I can find out if my backups or files still exist by using the Partition Wizard? What will they look like?
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17 Sep 2012   #10
Golden
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Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

We need to see what the partitions look like - follow Arc's suggestion and upload a photo of them.
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