Last night I heard a sudden crunching sound, the computer froze and would not boot into Win Home Prem 64. I thought something had overheated, so removed the carpet of dust from inside the computer and hoped all would be well after a cool down.
I get a continuous beeping alarm coming from the MB. I've tried all the system repair tools, but I've now realized that the HD has most likely failed without warning.
The HD is not present in the bios and I can see all the other files from my external drive when I tried to install drivers, so it must be the HD?
What makes things difficult is that it's impossible to remove the HD from the case... I can't access the screws!
So if I get a new computer (need one asap) with a new version of Win 7 or Win 8, is it possible to simply load my windows image back up onto the new install?
Can an image be loaded onto any laptop to try and rescue my old files?
if your hard drive has truly died, it will be nearly impossible to get an image, or pull files from it. There are recovery services that may be able to help, but it isn't always 100%, and it can be expensive. You will need to restore your files from your backup.
I tried something else....connected the external drive with the back up image to the laptop. I went into Disk management and attached the .vhd file and was able to view the files in Win 7. Good job until I realized that Windows was only backing up system files and not my work. The Users files were empty! So all my work is trapped in a dead drive.
Does this freezing trick work? Am I going to risk damaging the hard drive when I should being trying to rescue the files professionally?
Is there good software available so that I can attempt this myself, or should I get it done properly?
I found a hidden screw for the hard drive once I ripped off the front plastic panel of the Packard Bell tower unit, so I managed to replace the drive. It was a Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200 which died after 18 months.
Installed new drive, used system repair disc to restore the .vhd back up image.
Happy ending because all my work files were on the back up! It seems that you cannot view Users files when you mount the image to a foreign computer, only the system files can be accessed. Heart attack over. Thanks for the assistance.