HD Crash

I had a HD going bad on one of my systems. I have the ability to hook the drive to a usb connection. I have a new HD ordered. My question is what is the best way to clone my old HD so I can put the data onto the new one. I do not have a restore disk. any help would be appreciated.
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  1. I had great results using Apricorn's Drivewire for cloning: http://www.apricorn.com/products/notebook-hard-drive-upgrade-kits/drivewire-ide-pata-sata-to-usb-hdd-adapter.html

    Most recent was 1 week ago on my i7 computer.
  2. What if the drive dont boot can I still hook it to Apricorn and clone it?
  3. ClaytonComputers said:
    What if the drive dont boot can I still hook it to Apricorn and clone it?

    It has to be a drive that boots. If not, cloning will deliver a drive that does not boot. Cloning is the process of creating an exact copy.
  4. So what would be the best way to make a recoverey disk from the HD that don't boot?
  5. Please provide some more information on the entire situation.

    1) Desktop or laptop?
    2) Operating System?
    3) Do you have an authorization code for the OS? (it will be on the side of a desktop, or underneath the laptop).
    4) Do you have access to another computer to which you can connect this defective hard disk as an external hard disk and then run CHKDSK /F ?

    We can help you if we have sufficient information, if not we are flying blind!
  6. The HD is from a HP flat screen all in one,
    Windows 7
    I do not have the product key but I am sure I can get it from the HD
    Yes I have another computer and usb devise and brows the HD
  7. Format the disk in a different computer and then install Windows and activate it.
  8. what about the files? I don't have a windows 7 disk
  9. Without a Windows disk you can do nothing.
  10. There is no way to clone the files from the HD then put them on the new HD?
  11. ClaytonComputers said:
    There is no way to clone the files from the HD then put them on the new HD?

    Not when the old hard drive is corrupt. No. Because you will get a new corrupt hard drive which also will not work.
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