If you want to install windows, you have to do it from the laptop, unless you wanna use it in a tower or something but then you go into complicated stuff.
You need adaptor to install in computer but then not sure if win7 will install properly as laptop Hd might differ from sata HD.
Not sure where you got the idea I was asking to install windows? First lets fix the boot/hd issue? Dont worry about how Im connecting it to where Im connecting it.
Anyways, Having just tested the laptop without the hard drive, it post's and boot's just fine, of course it cant load windows, because there's no hard drive. So, based on this, the hard drive is broken/currupt due to the laptop being dropped.
Anyway free/low cost software to install on win7, which is a known great data recovery?
Have a friend with get data back and some other software, testing with him soon, will let you know the outcome, but please post your suggestions...