my hard drive locked me out while downloading a driver from the dell site. I got some error code and haven't been able to get in ever since. I pulled the drive and placed it into an external enclosure and tried to access the files from a different computer. It denied access. So, i then took ownership of it as administrator and still cant get into all the files. I cannot lose the info on this hard drive, so i bought a new hard drive that has been wiped, placed it into the laptop. Now, if i buy a new copy of windows 7, upload it to the new hard drive, can i then use the dvd disk image from the original hard drive to restore my programs and files?