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Windows 7: HELP! Need to restore data from external HDD

21 May 2011   #11
somguy

Windows 7 Home premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the help TVeblen,
so i have to reinstall all my programs?


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21 May 2011   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yeah, that's the safest, best way in your circumstance.

That old system is buggered and you want to just start fresh. You could spend a lot of time trying to fix it or restore stuff from it, but that could just screw up your nice, clean, new OS and would probably take more time than just reinstalling everything.
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21 May 2011   #13
somguy

Windows 7 Home premium x64
 
 

Thank you very much for your kind assistance, TVeblen
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21 May 2011   #14
TVeblen

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You're Welcome!
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23 May 2011   #15
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by somguy View Post
Thanks for the help TVeblen,
so i have to reinstall all my programs?
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
You will have to reinstall all of your programs, unless they were specifically portable or stand-alone. To copy all of your data back in your C:\Users\<username> folder, I suggest you use a utility called Robocopy built into Win7. It can preserve all permission, access, and file metadata. Or you could just copy everything via windows explorer by just plugging in the external drive and copying everything in your Users folder over.
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23 May 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I do not understand this whole story. What keeps you from imaging the damaged drive and restore the image on the new drive. Would that not be easier than starting from scratch.
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23 May 2011   #17
TVeblen

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In Post #8 the OP indicated that the old OS had issues.
No sense in copying old problems.
The old hard drive seems to be working fine as an external.
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24 May 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
In Post #8 the OP indicated that the old OS had issues.
No sense in copying old problems.
The old hard drive seems to be working fine as an external.
Hmm, maybe I misunderstood. I thought the problems were caused by the drive (as an internal) and not by the OS per se.
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10 Jun 2011   #19
omgcharlie

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

OMG I have similar problem. My hard drive had win7 ult installed on it, and crashed when I was copying a really huge file. Long story short, when I tried to access my files from a winxp through an enclosure, it says the drive is un-formatted. But I know the hard drive is not dead and I know my files are still in there. How can I access my files? Do I need a win7 computer?

Thanks inadvance!
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11 Jun 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try with a live Linux distro. E.g. this one https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD
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