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Windows 7: Bootable ISO

12 Apr 2010   #1

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Bootable ISO

Hey guys,
So my laptop hard drive appeared to fail last weekend, a problem I believe do to a bad lenovo motion sensor driver. Nevertheless I've been told to make a bootable iso DVD disk. My main problem is that I don't have the install disk/information. I am running 7 Ultimate, and was wondering if there is a protocol I should follow when making a bootable iso?
Also just so my understanding is clear, in the case that the OS becomes corrupted on the hard drive, the bootable disk enables me to run the OS from the disk and access the hard drive right?

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12 Apr 2010   #2
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First I would run the full diagnostics/repair CD scan from the HD maker: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

If you can still access Windows 7, I would save a Windows 7 Backup image externally which can be reimaged to the HD or a replacement using the Windows 7 install DVD or Repair CD, which can be made in the same Backup Center.

If the PC came with Windows 7, there may be a way to create Factory Recovery Disks off of the Recovery partition. Read your manual or browse for the utility to make a Lenovo Recovery disk set.

If you have a Windows 7 DVD then you can always reinstall your version using the activation key on the machine or the DVD insert.

Hopefully this helps answer your question which is somewhat unclear. Ask anything else you like.
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12 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

If you need a boot disk to recover information, you'll need to create a Windows PE or similar environment.

Here's a popular one:
Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

Or just download the Ultimate Boot CD which should allow you to xfer via DOS or Linux:
Ultimate Boot CD - Overview
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