Questions about installing windows 7 onto a new hard drive

So my windows 7 went messed up
I got a new disk with it on
I had a spare hard drive
I'm going to install onto the spare hard drive

WILL ALL MY FILES AND FOLDERS REAMAIN ON THOSE DRIVES I DID NOT INSTALL WINDOWS TO???

Thanks,
Sam
7 answers Last reply
More about questions installing windows hard drive
  1. Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.
  2. Yeah it will remain.
  3. noise said:
    Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.


    It's installed but I cannot access the old drive after booting windows 7 on the new one...sais access is denied :S All I want is the program files folder then I can just format the drive and forget this ever happened :/
  4. samborambo56 said:
    noise said:
    Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.


    It's installed but I cannot access the old drive after booting windows 7 on the new one...sais access is denied :S All I want is the program files folder then I can just format the drive and forget this ever happened :/


    This is a tutorial of how to get access to the drive:

    http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-ownership-of-entire-hard-drive-in-windows-7.pdf

    Hope that helps
  5. ahmeday2012 said:
    samborambo56 said:
    noise said:
    Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.


    It's installed but I cannot access the old drive after booting windows 7 on the new one...sais access is denied :S All I want is the program files folder then I can just format the drive and forget this ever happened :/


    This is a tutorial of how to get access to the drive:

    http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-ownership-of-entire-hard-drive-in-windows-7.pdf

    Hope that helps


    Thankyou :)
    Just to be double sure, getting access to the drive will not erase any of my programs from it, will it?
  6. samborambo56 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    samborambo56 said:
    noise said:
    Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.


    It's installed but I cannot access the old drive after booting windows 7 on the new one...sais access is denied :S All I want is the program files folder then I can just format the drive and forget this ever happened :/


    This is a tutorial of how to get access to the drive:

    http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-ownership-of-entire-hard-drive-in-windows-7.pdf

    Hope that helps


    Thankyou :)
    Just to be double sure, getting access to the drive will not erase any of my programs from it, will it?


    No. You just get access. Hope that solves your problems
  7. ahmeday2012 said:
    samborambo56 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    samborambo56 said:
    noise said:
    Yes they should remain in intact. You could make doubly sure they will not be affected by unplugging the old hard drive while you install Win 7 on the spare drive.


    It's installed but I cannot access the old drive after booting windows 7 on the new one...sais access is denied :S All I want is the program files folder then I can just format the drive and forget this ever happened :/


    This is a tutorial of how to get access to the drive:

    http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-ownership-of-entire-hard-drive-in-windows-7.pdf

    Hope that helps


    Thankyou :)
    Just to be double sure, getting access to the drive will not erase any of my programs from it, will it?


    No. You just get access. Hope that solves your problems


    I just went through the process once, got to the giving yourself permissions part near the bottom and it said I didn't have permission. I'll retry making sure I do everything right and get back to you in a minute:)
Ask a new question

Read More

Windows 7 Hard Drives