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Windows 7: i think my hard drive is dead? D:

28 Jun 2011   #11
symphonic

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

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You need to install NEW Windows 7 after the purchasing of the new HDD. New programs new Drivers and new User.
The repair dvd is used to repair your damaged windows files. Recovery DVD however would recover your windows installation almost automatically and will make it easier for you to install windows 7.
oh, okay. thanks.
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Hey Symphonic,

You're fine. That's the correct tool, it is built into the Windows Recovery Environment, which was trying to fix your computer (and which gave you the message saying "a hard disk error is preventing Windows from starting"). However, a System Restore will not solve your problem; your drive is kaput, which is a hardware problem, and you won't be accessing anything on it (unless you pay good money to do so). Your best bet would be to go out and buy a nice, reliable new laptop hard drive and reinstall Windows. Then burn a system image and repair DVD.
alrightyyy, thanks. but when i get the new hard drive, how do i reinstall Windows? will it just install when i turn on my laptop again?
i feel dumb asking all these questions lol, but how do you burn a system image? and what do you mean by repair DVD because i don't think i have one? :S
If you did not burn the DVD from the recovery partition, you have to borrow an installation disk - but it must be the same edition (e.g. Home premium). Then you apply your product key that is on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop.

For imaging, have a look at these links:

Imaging with free Macrium
Imaging strategies

PS: How old is your laptop. If it is less than 1 year old, you can claim a replacement disk from the manufacturer. You can also ask the manufacturer to send you an installation disk. They do that for a small S&H charge (usually about $20).
alright. still don't completely understand the imaging thing.. do i have to do that?

yeah, my laptop's about 6 months old now, so i'll call and ask later today. thanks.
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Borrowing a disc and trying the key on the unit won't work. If you didn't make recovery discs, you will need to call HP and order a set. They cost between $15-$30.
okay, thank you.


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28 Jun 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no MUST for imaging. But if you do on a regular basis (you can schedule the images), then you can recover from a situation like that in 30 minutes. And that with any HDD that functions.

What imaging does is make a complete copy of the partition(s) that you image and restores them the way they were at the time the image was taken. You can image any partition . both system or data partitions.
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28 Jun 2011   #13
symphonic

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

oh, i see. damn, cus i don't think i can do it with the state my laptop's in right now. but i'll start doing that when it's fixed.
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28 Jun 2011   #14
applepie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 
Dear Symphonic,

I have a desktop computer that is 18 to 20 years old and it is working thank God.
I have had the hard drive crash on me several times, my advice to you is always back up your files even though you may think you don't need them, when my hard drive crashed the first time I was saving all my stuff on floppy disks, but it was hard, because they had stopped working right and I lost most of the files I needed, so the next time I bought the thumb drives and they are working well, now since my computer is this old I make sure that I backup my files all the time.
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28 Jun 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by applepie View Post
I have a desktop computer that is 18 to 20 years old and it is working thank God.
I have had the hard drive crash on me several times, my advice to you is always back up your files even though you may think you don't need them, when my hard drive crashed the first time I was saving all my stuff on floppy disks, but it was hard, because they had stopped working right and I lost most of the files I needed, so the next time I bought the thumb drives and they are working well, now since my computer is this old I make sure that I backup my files all the time.
If you use XP, you could do imaging too - to an external disk. The Macrium tutorial link I provided above works just as well for XP. Imaging is a lot more convenient than any other form of backup. And do not worry how much time it takes - it can run in the background. But you should have an external disk of 250 to 500GB.
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29 Jun 2011   #16
symphonic

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by applepie View Post
I have a desktop computer that is 18 to 20 years old and it is working thank God.
I have had the hard drive crash on me several times, my advice to you is always back up your files even though you may think you don't need them, when my hard drive crashed the first time I was saving all my stuff on floppy disks, but it was hard, because they had stopped working right and I lost most of the files I needed, so the next time I bought the thumb drives and they are working well, now since my computer is this old I make sure that I backup my files all the time.
alright lol, will do! thanks.
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