make new drive bootable and transfer windows

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion tx2000 notebo...
January 30, 2012 at 06:29:43
Specs: 7 ultimate 32bit, 2.9 GHz quad / 4gig
Hi,
I have a backup of my entire "old" drive, as in, I just opened c: and highlighted the lot and made a copy to my backup drive. therefore it isn't an image or a backup file, just everything as folders and files as they look if i opened c: as normal.
The old c: packed up after i did it, so cannot get anything off it now. But is it possible to take my new drive, make it bootable, and then transfer my files over to it?

I ask this because I have no dvd drive, and i use the method by making my external drive bootable to allow me to install windows from the external drive, so was wondering if I could just do this to a new drive instead, and just copy over, rather than go through the install and update procedure.
Many thanks,
Neil.


See More: make new drive bootable and transfer windows

Report •

#1
January 30, 2012 at 09:59:32
Copy does not contain open system files among others.

The shortcut you desire does not exist.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


Report •

#2
January 30, 2012 at 13:18:20
You should have used windows 7 backup program to save a copy.

New drives are generally offered with some program either with the disk or at the OEM site to transfer hard drive.

Be sure you understand how to make media if available or you may have to purchase it later for a small fee.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


Report •

#3
January 30, 2012 at 15:38:33
To do what you are trying to do you make an clone of the old drive. That copies the entire disk, byte by byte so it is identical in every way to the original. Just doing a file copy misses so much information out you wouldn't believe, not least of all it doesn't copy the boot loader within the Master Boot Record that makes the drive bootable.

The boot loader is installed during OS installation.

Stuart


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
January 30, 2012 at 15:51:06
Sorry, if you have not got it yet... You can only save your personal files that way, you cannot rebuild the OS on the drive that way.
Get the Recovery disk set from the mfg. and an external DVD drive or get help from them on getting your recovery 'disk' onto a flash drive to install.

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


Report •

#5
January 30, 2012 at 23:38:24
Ok, many thanks for replies. I might be able to do a clone because I manage about 45 mins if I put the drive in the freezer for a few hours. I have some of those blue freezer blocks I could use to give me some "extra" time if it's enough to make the clone, otherwise I will do a fresh install.
I did actually make the copy with the drive as a slave so no files were "open" as such, and I thought if i made the new drive active and used cmd to copy the bootsecter over from broken drive(a bit like making the 7 installer on my external) I might have kept my game saves (many many games).
Thanks for help.

Report •

#6
January 31, 2012 at 05:22:08
Game saves MAY be in one folder within the games folder on the drive. IF you can identify the folder for each game, then the contents can be copied to the same folder on the new drive AFTER the game is reinstalled. It will not always be easy and you may need to Google around for the information or email the game publisher, but it is usually possible.

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


Report •

Ask Question