I'm using parts from a surge damaged computer (hard drives, optical and a few other bits). One of the hard drives I intend to use has a lot of data on it that I want, it also had my windows on it from the old computer (win7 home 64bit)
I don't suppose I can just connect this drive and have windows work again in the new setup? If no what is the best way to get this drive back in action (I have another spare drive that I can use, either permanently side by side with my data holding drive, or as a bridging drive for new install)
The most important thing is that I want to salvage my data off of my main drive (assuming it's not already gone) and not have to pay for windows and office again.
Thanks in advance and feel free to offer tips or warnings not specifically requested. I'm a noob at computer building and so may stumble into easily avoidable problems.