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Windows 7: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

13 Apr 2015   #70
Microsoft MVP


You said you replaced the hard drive but now are trying to copy files following this tutorial which is meant to rescue files from an unbootable install. Is that what you're trying to do, copy files from the old failed hard drive to the new one? If so and the old drive doesn't show up then it's likely because it has failed.

Have you run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by a full Disk Check from the System Recovery Options Command Line? This is how to confirm that a drive is dead, or see if it can be repaired enough to rescue files.

Then follow these steps to Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

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14 Apr 2015   #71

64bit windows 7

Thanks for your reply. I tried all options, every time my old HDD is not found. So I bought a new one.
To answer your question, no. I am not trying to copy anything from my old hdd which is not at all readable. I didn't know that this instructions are for copying from old hdd to new one.

Now I have new HDD and I have all windows installation files in DVD /flash drive, but how to install the same into new HDD? Computer boots only through bootable cd only.
My question: Do I have to use windows installation dvd to install the operating system into my new HDD? If yes, can you let me know the steps?

Please let me know. Thanks
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14 Apr 2015   #72
Microsoft MVP


Once again, follow these steps closely to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7.
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16 Aug 2015   #73

Win 7 64 bit, 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

Good to see your piece. Thanks for providing this to forum. I have the situation. You can review my posted thread. My laptop is Lenovo Z580

Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen?

I am looking your approach to backup my files. Here are some questions, I have . I need your guidance.

How do I able to backup OEM Hidden partition using your approach?

I have three(3) user logins in this laptop such as Admin, Local user1, Local user 2.

What are the additional steps required to preserve the data within these logins/users?

I have installed various tools/software in this laptop.

Will I able to restore (bring back) all installed items (Software/tools/Registry entries etc) during this process?

My HDD capacity is 750 GB. What kind of media to use for backing up my data using your approach?

Will Read/write CD work?

How do I restore back after setting to factory default?

How do I bring back all the windows 7 updates todate?

Thanks for helping.
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12 Apr 2016   #74

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium on both
Thank you

I wanted to thank you for posting this information. I have been fretting for days doing research. I am far from being a computer pro, but I can make my way well enough. I have a Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX laptop. It is running Windows 7 64-Bit Home premium. I installed Windows 10 but there were some software conflicts. One of which was my touchpad (scrolling) stopped working. Before I installed 10 I created a restore point. Anywho, after I discovered the conflicts with no resolutions offered by Sony, I decided to return to Window 7. I went through the start menu on W10 and went through the steps to return. I have not been able to access anything since. I pulled the hard drive and plugged it into my desktop. It seems fine. Unfortunately I saved all of my pictures and a lot of my music on my desktop so they are not on the HDD. Otherwise I wouldn't be freaking out. I donít know much about computers. Only what I have gleaned from the internet. Which as you know can be dangerous. lol

F10 Takes me to recovery tools. It tells me that windows cannot automatically repair this computer and asks whether I want to or not to send the info to them. I did so.

On both it sent me then to System recovery tools. I tried Start up repair, System restore, System image recovery, Windows memory diagnostics, all to no avail. I went into command prompt but I don't know enough commands to really get anywhere. It will boot up so I ran a CPU and HDD test. There were no errors found on either. I tried the rescue data option but that is only offering me the option of saving what is on my HDD, which is a moot point as I can do that directly to my desktop.

F8 Took me to Advanced boot options. Which were as follows, Repair, Safemode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, enable boot logging, enable low res video, last known good configuration, directory services, debugging mode, disable automatic restart on system failure, disable driver signature enforcement, start windows normally. I tried all three safe mode options. At one point I was able to get to the safe mode login screen. The cursor is flashing in the space to type in the password but then my mouse and keyboard didn't function on that screen. I tried a wireless Tivo dongle with the keyboard remote, Nope. I looked at a plug in keyboard I have for a 400 capacity DVD player, Nope. I tried the USB keyboard from my desktop, Nope. I then tried Last known good configuration, Debugging mode and start windows normally. None of which worked. The other options I am not familiar with so I didnít want to mess anything up by trying them and doing something wrong.

I created a repair disc from my desktop and when I used it IT WORKED!!!

I just went through your steps one by one and have found and copied my precious pictures. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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06 Jul 2016   #75

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Windows Recovery Mode

As I am making copies while in Windows Recovery (which seems to be working fine except I am experiencing a bit of a stall waiting for My Documents to paste) I am noticing that my original main drive (C:) is now listed as (D:) and the Installation DVD in the optical drive is listed as (C:).

Could this have anything to do with why my computer won't start on it's own?

My hard drive passed the SeaTools Long Test and the files I am copying appear to be in good shape.

Just a thought before I do a complete reinstallation of Windows...
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