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Help please with backing up a damaged drive

So I've asked this before, how to back up a damaged drive. I've waited a while to get a sale on a new hard drive, temporarily using an old laptop, but

today, when I boot up the laptop with the damaged hard drive, I find out that it won't turn on at all. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but booting severely lags and usually hangs at the welcome screen.
I still need Windows 7 on this damaged hard drive, how do I back up such a damaged drive?

Help would be very appreciated, thanks in advance
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  1. mrUser said:
    So I've asked this before, how to back up a damaged drive. I've waited a while to get a sale on a new hard drive, temporarily using an old laptop, but

    today, when I boot up the laptop with the damaged hard drive, I find out that it won't turn on at all. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but booting severely lags and usually hangs at the welcome screen.
    I still need Windows 7 on this damaged hard drive, how do I back up such a damaged drive?

    Help would be very appreciated, thanks in advance


    You don't need Windows 7 off this drive, you need your personal data. Assuming you have the relevant product key(s), the OS and any applications can be reinstalled.
  2. USAFRet said:
    mrUser said:
    So I've asked this before, how to back up a damaged drive. I've waited a while to get a sale on a new hard drive, temporarily using an old laptop, but

    today, when I boot up the laptop with the damaged hard drive, I find out that it won't turn on at all. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but booting severely lags and usually hangs at the welcome screen.
    I still need Windows 7 on this damaged hard drive, how do I back up such a damaged drive?

    Help would be very appreciated, thanks in advance


    You don't need Windows 7 off this drive, you need your personal data. Assuming you have the relevant product key(s), the OS and any applications can be reinstalled.



    I do have the key underneath the laptop with the broken drive, any personal data has been removed a few weeks earlier when I had to restore the drive to factory settings.

    How do I get a windows 7 copy on a new, completely blank hard drive?
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    mrUser said:
    USAFRet said:
    mrUser said:
    So I've asked this before, how to back up a damaged drive. I've waited a while to get a sale on a new hard drive, temporarily using an old laptop, but

    today, when I boot up the laptop with the damaged hard drive, I find out that it won't turn on at all. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but booting severely lags and usually hangs at the welcome screen.
    I still need Windows 7 on this damaged hard drive, how do I back up such a damaged drive?

    Help would be very appreciated, thanks in advance


    You don't need Windows 7 off this drive, you need your personal data. Assuming you have the relevant product key(s), the OS and any applications can be reinstalled.



    I do have the key underneath the laptop with the broken drive, any personal data has been removed a few weeks earlier when I had to restore the drive to factory settings.

    How do I get a windows 7 copy on a new, completely blank hard drive?



    Select the relevant Win7 version from here, download, burn to DVD, install.
    Activate with your current key

    http://www.w7forums.com/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads-t12325.html
  4. Thanks a bunch for that link.

    Also, my laptop is an HP one, and I would like to make the keys on the keyboard the same again (like f9, f10 and f11 can be used as volume controls) and stuffs like wireless control center that appears on my taskbar among other HP programs, how do I get them to work like so on the new blank windows 7 ?
  5. mrUser said:
    Thanks a bunch for that link.

    Also, my laptop is an HP one, and I would like to make the keys on the keyboard the same again (like f9, f10 and f11 can be used as volume controls) and stuffs like wireless control center that appears on my taskbar among other HP programs, how do I get them to work like so on the new blank windows 7 ?


    A driver for that should be available from HP.
  6. Thanks USAFRet :)
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