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Windows 7: Computer HDD eating itself?

21 May 2013   #11
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My computer now some how starts up, and now I can log in and everything is working. I placed the Magic Partition into a CD and burned it as CD/DVD, but everything is starting up slow. Also I am doing a backup of the whole drive. What should I do now? Should I get a new HDD or SSD and restore the windows image? If so, how do I do it?


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21 May 2013   #12
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Any help please, I don't really know what to do now, since windows backup failed at 57%.
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21 May 2013   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Razor,

Can I just check something? Do you already have backups of your user files (music, photo's, documents etc.), or are you still trying to access them, in order to back them up?

Regards,
Golden
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21 May 2013   #14
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi Razor,

Can I just check something? Do you already have backups of your user files (music, photo's, documents etc.), or are you still trying to access them, in order to back them up?

Regards,
Golden
I have an old image file from last year in my Toshiba HDD, but I am trying to copy all my files into my Toshiba, because half of the HDD is broken.
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21 May 2013   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OK. If you are currently booted into the old dying HDD (which it sounds like you are), just copy the critical user files using Windows copy & paste to an external USB or other device. It sounds like you are already doing that, right?
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21 May 2013   #16
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
OK. If you are currently booted into the old dying HDD (which it sounds like you are), just copy the critical user files using Windows copy & paste to an external USB or other device. It sounds like you are already doing that, right?
Yes, I am currently moving all my files from docs, pictures, music, etc into my other HDD. But which files are the most important user files?
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21 May 2013   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

By user files I mean docs, pictures, music etc. (those cant be replaced if they are lost). The system (the Windows installation) can be re-created with ease at a later date once you have a new HDD.

Do you have MSOffice installed? How about other paid software? If so, do you have the software product/licence keys (incl. this Windows 7 installation) safely written down somewhere? If not, let us know and we can help retrieve it off this HDD.

Do not reboot your computer until you have copied off everything that is needed.
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21 May 2013   #18
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
By user files I mean docs, pictures, music etc. (those cant be replaced if they are lost). The system (the Windows installation) can be re-created with ease at a later date once you have a new HDD.

Do you have MSOffice installed? How about other paid software? If so, do you have the software product/licence keys (incl. this Windows 7 installation) safely written down somewhere? If not, let us know and we can help retrieve it off this HDD.

Do not reboot your computer until you have copied off everything that is needed.
So when I get a new HDD or SSD, how do I re-install windows, because this is a pre-build computer. Also should I make a copy of the programs on my computer, like from the Program Files (x86), my Firefox addons, and my bookmarks?
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21 May 2013   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Easy.

Firstly, make sure you have the product key on the COA sticker affixed beneath the laptop.

1. Download the correct version of the Windows 7 ISO from this location
2. Write it to a 4GB USB flash drive using this tool.
3. Boot from the USB flash drive, and install Windows as you usually would.
4. Use the product key from the COA sticker to authorise the installation.
5. Update Windows fully.

Done.

This is a useful guide:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You cannot copy the programs from \Program Files - that will not work - you will need to install the programs from scratch again. Use this tool to gather licencing information for the installed software:
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

If you had a more recent system image (such as a Macrium image) it would be easier, but I'm not sure that is possible given the health state of the HDD and the Windows backup failure you mentioned earlier.
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21 May 2013   #20
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Easy.

Firstly, make sure you have the product key on the COA sticker affixed beneath the laptop.

1. Download the correct version of the Windows 7 ISO from this location
2. Write it to a 4GB USB flash drive using this tool.
3. Boot from the USB flash drive, and install Windows as you usually would.
4. Use the product key from the COA sticker to authorise the installation.
5. Update Windows fully.

Done.

This is a useful guide:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You cannot copy the programs from \Program Files - that will not work - you will need to install the programs from scratch again. Use this tool to gather licencing information for the installed software:
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.

If you had a more recent system image (such as a Macrium image) it would be easier, but I'm not sure that is possible given the health state of the HDD and the Windows backup failure you mentioned earlier.
To choose the Windows OS, do I select the Windows 7 x64 SP1 (media refresh) or the Windows 7 x64 SP1 (old) or the RTM?
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