how to transfer windows 7 from a failing HD

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
April 25, 2010 at 21:39:46
Specs: Windows Home Premium
I did search the web and this forum for a silmilar question, but I have not been able to locate an answer; I do apologize if this has been asked and answered before.
So here is my situation:
I have a laptop running windows XT, and there wasn’t any important files there. I purchased windows 7 Home premium Upgrade version. I installed windows 7 on the same c:/ drive, and the original windows files are now backed up by the installation into windows.old. I updated the audio drivers and the video driver, and the laptop works fine for a while. But now I am receiving error messages from windows 7 that my hard disk may be failing: and I can see the messages once or twice every day now. So I use windows 7 to back up (1) a c:/ drive image and (2) a recovery disk onto a set of DVDs… and I bought a laptop hard disk from Newegg (to be received in a few days). Remember my internal 60GB hard disk has not crashed yet, but the writings are on the wall, so I have stopped using it.
How should I proceed now to install windows 7 on my new internal 2.5” disk? After I replace my failing HD with my new HD, do I boot it with my recovery disk? And does it make use of my c:/ image “somehow”? I really appreciate any comments on this before I go down this route: remember my disk has not crashed yet, so let me know what I should be doing before plunging down this route. Also remember I do not have a full installation disk for win7, just an upgrade disk for home premium. Thanks!

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#1
April 25, 2010 at 21:40:34
sorry I meant XP, not XT

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#2
April 25, 2010 at 22:38:50
Use a file transfer program. Total Copy is such a program, and there might be some other file manager programs that will do it as well. I would also copy things in multiple small segments. You may find that certain data will always trigger the reaction you got the last time, and if that's the case, your only hope would be data recovery specialists.

Kristain Hayes


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#3
April 26, 2010 at 01:12:29
you should be able to download from the new drive manufacturer a drive copy program for free.
or here is a link to a free disk copy program
http://www./disk-copy/

if your machine has two drive bays, or if you can take out the dvd drive and replace with the new drive you can copy via your machine, otherwise you may need to aquire an external drive case so you can copy via USB, they are very cheap $10 or so..
or you could make a win7 system restore to an external drive,
put in your new drive and install win7, then run the system restore image from the external drive. that will recreate your old drive exactly.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#4
April 26, 2010 at 22:01:26
thanks all for the responses. Since I only have a laptop, I think I'll try to create the backup image on an external disk. I also found some articles on the web on how to use the images.

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#5
April 27, 2010 at 20:31:47
The hard drive manufacturer's free software is probably best for this image copy also. If the original drive is connected through a USB port via an external hard drive case, it can partition and format the new drive, copy the image from the old drive onto the new drive, and you will be all set.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
April 28, 2010 at 04:44:28
Know also that you windows 7 upgrade disk can do a reinstall onto a new drive, especially since it is otherwise the same hardware. At most, you will have to enter information on the XP license, but probably not.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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