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Windows 7: failed hard drive

26 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
failed hard drive

Hey everyone!

I was told hard drives can break down & have to be replaced.
hard drives with moving parts that is.
My question is if my hard drive where to fail, I would have to buy a new one and install windows vista first to go to my windows 7 or can i just install windows 7 on it?
Not sure if you understand what I mean, if not let me know please.

I just want to keep this in mind because you never know what can happen.

Happy birthday to me (-:

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26 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Well it depends if you bought a full install of windows 7 or just the upgrade. If you only bought the upgrade then you have to install vista then go to W7.
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26 Jan 2011   #3

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26 Jan 2011   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

You can do a clean install with upgrade DVD without installing Vista again

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Happy BurpDay DrBejar
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26 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Forgot about that tutorial. Thanks guys,

and happy birthday
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26 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

So I do it like if i'm installing windows, but what do i do different?
I know it shows me, but I'm not that smart to find out

Thank you guys for the b-day! :-D
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26 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

I got it thank you guys!
I just had to get my reading on! :)
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26 Jan 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Happy Birthday and many happy returns too! Have a nice apple pie on me and send the bill across the Atlantic,for me to pay!

Your internal HD is only 250GB,so where do you store the backup & Restore! As my signature tune sings, get a large enough (space wise) external HD to store B&R and in the "event of a failing disk" you get to lose nothing, b'cause everything is backed up! Periodically check the heath of the internal disk using @mjf's advise, an execellent and a small footprint utility called "crystalDiskInfo". download from : CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World .Have a nice day!

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30 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64

failed hard drive-fffffff.png External drive

failed hard drive-capture.png Hard drive from comp, think people call it internal

Thanks for that link Sreedhav!
I have
my back up, when i buy the new drive, i do a clean install and how would i get the B&R I have on my external?
is there something I should do first to get to my B&R?

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