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Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

Q: Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.

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Preferred Solution: Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

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A: Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

Quote: Originally Posted by louis cardinal


So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.


Your laptop should have a sticker on the bottom with the key for your version of windows. Also, your manufacturer might provide recovery disks.

This is another good reason to always make the recovery disks when you first setup your new laptop.

Rich

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I have a hp laptop dv6502au . The hard disc of my laptop is gone so i replaced it with a new one. The problem is that i created a set of recovery discs using a option in my laptop. But if i insert that recovery disc in my laptop it shows that 'this system does not support this recovery disc' I dont know how to install vista back to my laptop. My laptop came with original version of windows vista home premium. I have a product key also at the bottom of my laptop. Please help me to install legal version of vista back to my laptop. If you want any further details i am ready to provide it.

Thanks
Bharathwaj Vijayakumar

A:please help to install windows vista in a hp laptop replaced with a new hard drive?

hi,,, if you know anyone with an origanal vista disc then they can install vista back on your machine using the product key on the bottom of the laptop,,, a greenish blue sticker with microsoft on it,,,,, this install will not load all the HP stuff that comes with your pc when new,,,, but once the os is back on you could look on the discs to find all the HP stuff,,,,
good luck

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My laptop came with windows 7, but with no disk. The hard drive broke and now (about a year later) I've replaced it. Is the only option to spend 200$ on an OS disk? It's pretty ridiculous to have to buy a whole new OS disk just because your hard drive broke...

A:Hard Drive broke- Bought a new one and need to buy OS disk?

Contact your manufacturer for an installation CD. Most will send them out to you for roughly $20.

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Hi, I forgot to create any recovery disks for my E532 laptop and the hard disk has failed. I?ve bought a new hard disk thinking I could download a build disk from Microsoft and input the key for Windows. However I get no boot options at all, i.e. the bootable device list is blank. I have changed the boot order to no avail. I don?t want to have to buy recovery disks if possible so is there a way round please? It was Windows 8.1 when I bought the laptop and upgraded to W10.Thanks

A:hard disk replaced need to rebuild laptop

just follow these simple steps:download the iso file of microsoft windows 10 (x64 if your PC has over 4GB of ram) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10download Rufus, plug an USB flash drive and set Rufus as on the home page screen:https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_USclick on the little disk icon on Rufus and point to the downloaded iso filelet Rufus copy the installation files on USB flash drivereboot your PCplug the USB flash drive, press F12 at next boot and choose the USB flash drive as bootable deviceproceed with windows 10 installation and skip the product key requestenjoy your windows 10 installation

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So lo and behold this morning I found my internal hard drive disk was not working. I ran the pre boot diagnostics and everything else was working fine. I went to best buy and got another hard drive (1 TB SATA drive) and switched the old one with the new one. The computer still won't boot, but now the pre boot diagnostics recognizes the drive is present and says it's working fine. Any ideas?
 

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I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom

A:can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004


I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom


When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.

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I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010.  I had to put in a new hard drive.  I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it.  I have a recovery disk but it does not work.  How do I get back my OS?  Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable.  Can anyone help me?
 
 

A:Dell Inspiron N 5010 replaced hard drive have no OS disk

Welcome,
Is your Dell registered with Dell? Have you contacted them to see what help they can provide?
Thanks

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my laptop hard drive isnt working. i believe it is broken. is it possible to go buy a new hard drive and have it work with it then. also the OS came with my laptop pre installed. is it possible to find a disc of windows xp home edition and use my cd key to be able to install XP on the new hard drive? I am currently not in mz home country and i leave at the end of the week. so sending it in is kinda out of the question. any information would be wonderful
 

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I have an HP Notebook that came with Windows 10 installed. The hard drive has died and I have replaced it with the one from my older Laptop (not working for a different reason) but it has Windows 8.1 installed on it. To my amazement I have actually got it to boot up and every thing seems to work after installing some different drivers however the following "other" devices have missing drivers:PCI Data Acquisition and signal processing controllerPCI Encryption/Decription controllerSM Bus ControllerUnknown Device (2 of these) Can anyone tell me where I can get these drivers. I have tried finding them manually without success. Also anytime I try to use the "update windows" or "update driver" functions the process activates but then sits there indefinately searching for something. The cancel buttons do not work and the only way to exit is via task manager. I have not made any changes to the Bios Thanks for your time 

A:Replaced Hard drive with one from another Laptop

Hi: You need these W8.1 drivers... PCI Data Acquisition and signal processing controller & one Unknown Device: This package contains the driver that enables the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework firmware. Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework provide system temperature and power utilization information for the system thermal protection to function properly. This package is provided for supported notebook models running a supported operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71262.exe PCI Encryption/Decription controller: This package provides the Intel Trusted Execution Engine Interface (TXE) Driver for the supported notebook models running a supported operating system. The Intel Trusted Execution Engine Interface enables the Secure Boot and provides services required for platform security features such as Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PPT). http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71264.exe SMBus Controller:  Note install this driver first and restart the PC. This package contains the Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver for supported notebook models and operating systems. This utility enables the operating system to show the correct name for the installed Intel hardware in the Microsoft Windows Device Manager. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71260.exe The other unknown device probably needs this driver... This package provides the H... Read more

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Greetings,I received instructions from another HP volunteer about replacing a bad hard drive. I`ve replaced the hard drive with a new one and need someoe to please walk me through how to format my new hard drive back to the WIN 10 I had installed on the old one. I did also purchase a 22 pin usb to SATA adapter. The other agent said Windows 10 can be reinstalled onto a new hard drive if your installation was activated before. The Microsoft activation servers just know your computer and will reactivate. You need to go to the Media Creation Tool, and have it make a bootable DVD drive or you need a usb thumb drive at least 4 gigs.  I am in Germany but do not know the language well enough yet and could not find a Windows Media Creation tool in English free repacement version. I do not know what to do to format my new hard drive...please help!Thank you.Wes

A:Need help formatting a replaced hard drive in my laptop

Additional info: The new laptop came with Windows 8 OS installed and I had chosen the free WIN 10 upgrade when it was available.

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I was having issues with a virus removal and inability to remove files from the original hard drive in my Dell Vostro 1500, but needed a working laptop. so I replaced the hard drive with a 250 GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue drive (SATA 8MB/5400 RPM).

Installation and formatting went fine. I installed XP and then required drivers from the resource disk from Dell, followed by a few hours of updates from Windows Update. I then installed Kaspersky Internet Security, Carbonite, Adobe Reader, Flash, Shockwave, Evernote, OpenOffice, Malwarebytes, Ccleaner, Picasa, and started to download iTunes.

While everything was working fine, and I was rebuilding my software library, I noticed that the system locked up. I couldn't even shut down or stop running processes. I've tried disabling startup menu items like Bluetooth (which I don't need) and nuisance programs like Adobe and Google updater. I tried to do a selective startup to isolate the issue but can't determine if one particular thing is at fault. I ran diagnostics on the whole system and all systems, hard drive, etc checked out.

I started it in safe mode with networking and was able to keep it running that way, but still wonder if this is a hardware issue since there is nothing on this system other than some basic programs that ran just fine together on the older hard drive. One process that was running in the background was the download of backed up files from the Carbonite server.

Does this seem like it ... Read more

A:Replaced laptop hard drive now it locks up

I'm going to move this (copy it) to the Windows forum in case this is more XP-related than hardware as I've been using it all day in Safe mode with networking with no issues.

Thanks.
 

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I  replaced the hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recovery discs. Suggestions?

A:I replaced hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recover...

Hi, I don't know its model/product therefore won't be able to help much. But normally (a) Do a factory settings: Since you don't have media, you can order from HP, Please use the following instructions       http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/bph07143 (b) Do a clean install: For Windows 7: You can use the product key from a ticker on your machine (bottom or inside battery chamber) to download and re-install.For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10: You can down load ISO file from Microsoft and install, skip the key during installation process and it will re-activate for you when online. Regards.     

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I replaced the hard drive on my Lenovo G585 laptop and I'd like to include a restore partition. I already created a 25GB partition but how do I include a file to restore an image of my fresh system?

A:Replaced laptop hard drive, need restore partition

See here: Recovery Partition - Create

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Hi, so I am using 14 inch HP pavilion ab154ca.Since last week, my hard drive started not working so I purchased a new hard drive(it was second handed) at just random electronic store.I plugged this new hard drive to my laptop.However, my laptop's manufacturer became Asus, maybe because its secondhanded.Also, my laptop keeps saying No Wifi networks found..I tried everything on device manager by updating driver, downloading HP wireless Lan software but there is no progress at all...I even tried to format this laptop but there isnt even such thing as Restore to Factory setting.I've picked erasing all option but still after format, the manufacturer keeps appearing as Asus..Can please anyone help me with these issues?Thank you..!

A:Problems caused after I replaced my hard drive for laptop

Hi.Welcome to the forum.Downloading or Updating Software and Drivers for HP ComputersOverview of Recovering or Reinstalling the Operating SystemObtaining HP Recovery Discs or an HP USB Recovery DrivePress the icon""to say thanks, Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem.





Apart from participating in the forum of Hp in English and Portuguese, I am one of the main authors of solutions in the forum in Spanish.

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Hi,
I am having HP pavilion sleek book laptop and it was having Windows 8. Recently the hard disk got crashed.
I have replaced it with new one and installed windows 8.1 from Microsoft site. Since it is EOM based, Windows didn't get activated. Unfortunately I don't have recovery disk and HP asking too much money for providing the recovery disk.

Can you please suggest how to fix the issue.

Thanks in Advance...

A:Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

You will need to extract your Windows 8 OEM key and activate with that.

Product Key - Find for Windows 8 (option 5 will backup you key for future reference)

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I sent my portable to Hp on account of a hard disk problem.  My disk contained Win 10.  They replaced the disk as my portable is still on warrantee.   For some reason that I cannot understand they shipped my portable back to me with Win 8 in it instead of my Win 10.  I am getting the run around from people on the help lines(from other countries); You should hear some of their solutions, i.e replace the chip on the MB and other stupid answers. I am trying to get my Win 10 back, surely HP must be able to supply me with a link, but I guess that is beyond their comprehension. Sorry for sounding so hard but at 80 years of age,  I don't have much patience left. Maglite











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A:Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

Hi, As mentioned on my last reply, HP can only reset your machine back to its original Windows because HP does not own Microsoft products. Many thanks to let us know Microsoft gave you free upgrade because they stopped this few days ago. My last point: I don't know why they (from HP Support) asked you to change chip on the MB. Have a good weekend. Regards.

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Lenovo laptop G580I have created a Windows 10 recovery onto to a USB stick.I have replaced my faulty hard drive, but now I can't recover windows to the replacment hard drive.When starting up with the new hard drive installed I get the blue screen with "Choose Language Option"After choosing language I get the Troubleshoot or Turn off  optionWhen choosing the Troubleshoot option, I only get the optionsSystem Restore - use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore WindowsSystem Image Recovery - recover Windows using a specific system image fileI am not seeing the option Recover from a Drive, which should be there, I believe, from various Internet messages and posts I've seen Can anyone hlep please to get my laptop back up and running Windows 10 ? Geoff

A:Can't recover Windows 10 on to replaced hard disk

If you are not getting the Recover from Drive option, you must have missed selecting the option to "Backup system files to the recovery drive" when creating the Recovery drive, so you will have to download and create Windows 10 Installation Media to reinstall Windows 10 to you laptop.     Download Windows 10https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 When you get to the point where it asks for a Product Key, select the to skip  (or I do not have a key) option and Windows will automatically activate upon completion of the installation.  Unfortunately you will be starting clean, so any data will have to be restored from backup, and applications will have to be reinstalled.  FYI, If you do no have your data backed up, with luck you may still be able to recover it from the old drive if it just failed to boot from the drive, by mounting the drive into an external 2.5 inch USB enclosure, and copying off the the c:\users\<username> folders to your new HD.  Cheers, 

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Hello.  I posted about a month ago when my 13-month-old Dell Inspiron N4110 was stuck in a startup repair loop.  It needed a new hard drive, which I installed myself, and everything worked great for a couple weeks. Then the constant freezing started. I thought it was Firefox, since that was what I was using most often, but it turned out that *everything* would eventually start hanging--Word, Task Manager, iTunes; it even froze on shutdown a couple times. I tried disabling and reinstalling all the plugins in Firefox, I ran virus scans and diagnostics and troubleshooters and chkdsk, and no issues were ever found--until, I think, I downloaded Microsoft .NET framework when a Dell diagnostic tool asked me to.  And finally the constant freezing stopped.
 
But then it started again a couple days ago. The computer starts up fine, but within a few minutes it will start hanging regularly--like every 30 seconds, the cursor either won't move or clicking on something gives me a "(Not Responding)" message at the top of the window.  This lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to a few minutes.  When I open Task Manager, the CPU usage fluctuates wildly (when Task Manager itself isn't frozen)--it's usually at around 30-60%, but will rise all the way to 99% and then down to 0%.  This is when I just have one or two programs running--Firefox and Word--and I don't have many startup programs, nor a lot of programs or files on the computer in general. Once again, all the W... Read more

A:Replaced hard drive, now Dell laptop constantly hangs

Can you boot into safe mode? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode
Try running the computer for a while in safe mode and see if the problem continues. If it doesn't, it may be a problem with one or more of your drivers. When you installed the new hard drive, did you use the Dell install CD or just a generic Windows 7 CD? Dells use very specific drivers and it's best to install the OS using one of their install disks.
You may want to try a clean boot and performing some diagnostics. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
It's hard to say at this point what it could be -- this kind of behavior usually indicates an issue with driver and/or system files not loading properly and hogging all the processor bandwidth.

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My z585 hard drive began to fail. I purchased a set of Windows 8 recovery disks (Windows 8 was the factory install I had before I upgraded to Windows 10).  After putting in a new hard drive, I tried to use the recovery disks following the method in my manual--i.e., put in first recovery disk, turn on computer, wait for logo or beeps and hit and released F12 key repeatedly.  Didn't bring up anything.  Also tried Method 1 per the support forum--i.e., "the prerecovery protocol" - without the recovery disk in the optical drive, turned computer on and immediately hit and released F1 repeatedly.  Again, nothing.  Did both of these procedures multiple times.  Without the recovery disk in, while turned on, all I hear is going through a loop of trying to boot. Also tried using the "one key recovery key" to bring up menu."  This works but when I try to enter either the BIOS menu or the boot menu, nothing happens.  I had the new hard drive tested to be sure it was good, since the one I previously purchased turned out to be defective.  They told me it was good, but the laptop is doing the same thing it did when the defective hard drive was in.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. 

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!
 

A:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.
 

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I will be building a new computer soon and decided to burn a fresh Windows 7 install disk. I used the Windows USB/DVD download tool to burn the Windows 7 ISO to the disk. After about 44% completion, the disk ejected from the drive and the tool stopped, saying there was no media in the drive. After putting the disk back in and restarting the tool, I found the drive would no longer recognize the disk. I then attempted the same procedure on another computer and drive with the same result... after about 20% completion the tray just spat the disk out. Now confused and curious, I attempted to put another blank disk in. The drive did not recognize the disk, and the results were the same on the second computer I tried.
 
After a long night of troubleshooting, here are my observations:
 
Both drives are not old by any means and do not get heavy use.
Both drives no longer recognize DVDs, but will recognize CDs.
The second computer will experience a freeze when attempting to select the context menu on the D: drive and the 'My Computer' process will have to be manually terminated to continue.
Both drives seem to be mechanically and electrically sound; they are both recognized by Windows and will attempt to read disks just fine.
 
What I've tried to fix them:
 
Deleted 'UpperFilters' registry value
Uninstalled the drives from Device Manager and restarted
Rolled back to the restore point before installing the Windows Tool
 
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My laptop had a problem with the hard drive (or so it seemed because it was unable to load up) What happened with the laptop was I tried to turn it on, the computer will load for a few seconds, then it will turn off. (So it never made even to the Windows logo screen).

My friend took it to the technician and the technician said it was a hard drive failure and needed to buy a new hard drive and install Windows onto it. The technician was going to charge $165 for new hard drive and Windows installation.

I thought $80 for a new hard drive than another $85 for a installation was overpriced. So I ordered the hard drive on my own and planned on replacing the hard drive myself.

So, I replaced the hard drive. What is going on now is that if I press the power button, I see the red light on the power button. Then in less than 5 seconds or so, the computer goes off. There is nothing on the screen during those 5 seconds.

This laptop is quite broken down, the CD Rom sometimes does not work. But regardless, with less than 5 seconds, it was quite hard to even eject the cd-rom. So I am not quite sure how am I supposed to go on and continue with the installation and such if the computer does not even turn itself on.

Now, is this really a hard drive problem or something else? Please help. Thank you very much in advance.
 

A:Laptop hard drive replaced, won’t boot up properly, shuts off in less than few second

$165 is actually a reasonable price.

If you remove the new drive, does it still shut down in 3 seconds?
 

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Laptop model: Dell Latitude e6420
I found the windows key within the battery compartment
Windows version: Windows 7 Pro OA
I replaced my old hard disk because it simply did not work anymore and now when I try to start my laptop, I get the message that there are no boot devices.
My mom bought me this laptop years ago and it is a refurbished laptop. How do I re-install windows on it?

'Hope someone can help. I know nothing about computers. Thank you in advance to the kind soul(s)!

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We upgraded the computer to windows 8.1 about a year ago.  we replaced the hard drive last week  and since then the wireless keyboard and mouse will not connect.  ive looked for solutions without success.thanks for any help you can provide

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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I replaced my hard drive as the original crashed and when I put in the recovery discs i had created from original hdd the first one ran OK then put 2nd disc in and it stuck at 51% then gave error message 0x4001100200001005. Then when I tried to boot from hdd it said pxe-e61 media test failure and pxe-m0f exiting pxe rom. I tried running the recovery discs again and when i load the 2nd disc at tne prompt it now says the inserted disc is not the required supplemental recovery disc.
Having searched online I now believe that I cannot reinstall windows 7 from these discs?! I am out of warranty and so it doesn't let me download the OS from Dell website. What is my best way of getting windows back on my laptop.
Also I have read that I need to put back on the same version that it came preinstalled with. Is this correct or could I load on windows 10 from a disc as it would probably be easier sourced than windows 7 now. It only lists windows 7 and vista as supported for my service tag on Dell site.
I'm struggling.  Any help appreciated.

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I swapped my 320 GB Hard drive for a 1 TB hard drive. Used Acronis True Image WD to clone the drive. Seems to be working OK except when I tried to update windows. It comes up with " Cant update because service is not turned on." So I went to Services to check it and it is showing that it is running. Kinda lost as to what I might have wrong here. Any help I sure would be great full.
 

A:Solved: Cloned Hard Drive, Than replaced HD, Now can't update windows

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My hard drive failed on an Acer Aspire 5734z that I have. I replaced the hard drive and reloaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit from a downloaded copy. Since this is the same OS as originally came on this laptop, how do I get it validated? Or, alternately, how do I get a replacement OS without having to buy it again?

A:Replaced failed hard drive on Acer Aspire 5734z. Windows validation.

Hi grfull Welcome to SF

You may activate via Internet ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 Online

Over the phone ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Use the product key under the laptop or under the battery .

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After replacing a crashed 320 GB disk with a 1 Tb disk and following recovery proceedure the new disk now operates OK but only shows the same amount of space as the previous disk. Is it possible to bring into use the missing disk space.

A:Replaced Hard Disk

For others to help you please post on of these.

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The hard disk containing my My Documents folder broke down completely recently. While windows is still running off my main hard disk, I notice that my My Documents folder is missing. Under Documents, I have Public Documents, but not the My Document Folder. How can I restore it? (Without making a new account, reinstalling windows...etc.)

I'm using Windows 7 professional
The Hard disk in question is unrecoverable and I have to get it replaced. My MAIN hard disk is still working. Hence this problem

Please help! Thanks you.

A:How to restore My Documents? Hard disk Containing My Doc broke down.

Was your My Documents folder redirected to the second hard drive?

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

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A:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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Dear Community Members, My hp Machine is - Pavilion 15 n210se I old hard disk failed and i need put all including OS and Drivers.  I machine came with windows 8, is this upgradable to Windows 10? Please mention the steps to install the Genuine Windows on my PC.  my question is 1. Where i can download the Genuine OS ? 2. Is it possible to place the DiskImage of WIndows Installation as before, so that i can use the recovery tool.3. how to get the Windows 10 ?      or shall i install windows 8 and do all updates to get the Windows 10?  With Regards,Faizana 

A:Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Hello @faisana,  You need to know few things about HP Recovery Media:1) It is NOT downloadable, you have to order the physical media2) It is not free, you have to pay for it You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836If HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you can check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/Good Luck Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Bu... Read more

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3 year old Gateway computer running XP, shut off computer one day, it had been running extremely slow, went to start up next day, wouldn't turn on. Replaced the PSU and booted it up, now getting error message while booting up:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

I can hit F4 to boot up all the way.

Any chance this is related to the psu dying or just a coincidence the hard disk is now failing too.
 

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Hi! My sister's PC went dead and technician said the motherboard had to be replaced. When she got back the PC, the hard disk had been modified -- she didnt have all of her applications and her documents and personal stuff were in a new folder with her name. I wonder if if is necessary to install a new HD when the MB is replaced. Wouldn't the previous hard drive work with a new board? Thank you for your help.
 

A:Solved: Replaced motherboard -- hard disk changed

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Hi all.

My laptop was working fine with a new replaced motherboard. Suddenly one day it showed some problem in processing further when I started it. When checked by a local service guy, it was diagnosed that the hard disk had got damaged. He couldn't exactly specify the problem but we got to know that the hard disk was not being detected by the laptop, or any other PC or laptop.
Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.

It is a Samsung make, 160 GB one.

One guy has said that he will try changing the PCB and it may work. I jus want to know if it can be repaired and more than that I have my sister's wedding pics and videos in that with no back up. Is there any means by which I can recover those files, I don't want anything else.
Please help, I am in trauma.
 

A:Hard disk drive not being detected by the laptop

Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.Click to expand...

It is most likely dead, and you'll want to find a recovery service provider, which by the way, are usually quite expensive.
 

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Guys I am looking to replace the hard disk in my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop with an SSD drive to improve performance. Can someone please advise what interface/size/height/dimensions that is required for successful installation. Please also advise any additional information that I might require. Thanks in advance,T  

A:Want to replace hard disk in laptop with SSD drive

actually you can't upgrade there are differnt slots for SSD,means its coonecting port with motherboard is different.

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Hi,

History (long story short):
I bought a used HP Pavilion Ze4300. It gave good service for 2 years. Then the HDD died.

I came to TSG forums for help. They recommended I buy a new HDD and install it. So I ordered a new HDD off NewEgg. I also bought one of those USB caddy thingies to plug in my hard disk into.

I bought this HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822146047

And this USB enclosure:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817423002

Note: I don't have the original XP CDs, nor do I have recovery CDs. I didn't bother ordering the recovery CDs from HP because I have access to a low-cost XP license (I teach at a university).
Present time (i.e. today):
I tried installing the new HDD into my HP laptop. My laptop gave the same error it was giving with the bad HDD. I thought maybe the new HDD needs to be formatted.

Next, I plugged the old (dead) HDD into the USB enclosure and tried plugging it to my other, working laptop. It gave some kind of hardware installation error. Fair enough.

Next, I plugged in the new HDD into the USB enclosure and tried plugging it to my other, working laptop. No error, it said my hardware was installed properly. HOWEVER, there was no new drive letter. I concluded that this was probably because that HDD is not formatted, so my other, working laptop cannot assign it a drive letter.

So my questions:
1) How do I format this new HDD of mine?
2) Is my above analysis correct?

Thanks for your help.
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A:How to format a new laptop HDD (hard disk drive)?

Go to start>run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter, you can format from here
 

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hi people, right ill start from top, i bought a microlab case for my dell dimension 3000 because.welll basicly the orginal look is ugly lol. and well i crossed all wires and hard drive and CD drive over to it...only to find out that the dam motherboard wont fit into the case! i dont know why:S i asked the guy at the maplins store before i bought it if it would fit into a dell dimension PC,n he said is it standard,well i sed yes,so he said yer it will then...but it wont! and well i tried everything and it didnt fit lol,so i give up with that and crossed them all back to my orignal case(errrgh!) and its all bACK,i started my pc up...it loads up the dell screen but then like 3 secands after that it goes onto a black screen and says "Diskette drive 0 seek failure, No boot drive available" im like ...what the nads!! ive tried everything....changed the wires around...the data cable...but it seems to say the same thing ...any help people on what i should do? help GREATLY appreciated.thank you.

Reuben xXx
 

A:PC hard drive broke.please help

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I just got a new computer from my brother the other day that is from like 2005 and has vista 64-bit home premium on it. everything works fine with the computer, and I had a USB hard drive that I've been using for over a year now that never had any problems with our slow comp from 2000. but this morning when I turned on my comp and went to listen to music I got an I/O error that caused the drive to stop working. the hard drive is a Seagate Free Agent 500gb model. same thing my sister has had for longer than me(the 250gb model though) and hers hasn't had any problems. I've attached a text file exported from the syspecs program.
 

A:USB Hard Drive broke

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I have a laptop with a hard drive that crashed. There was no recovery disk made nor do I have the installation windows vista CD. Laptop is at least 2years old. how do I go about reinstalling the new hard drive? Will HP Support provide me a free installation disk?

thank you
 

A:Laptop Hard Drive CRASHED but no recovery disk

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i went to disconnect a hard drive in my computer but the plastic connector broke and now it's stuck in the drive! what do i do?
 

A:uh oh the connector broke on my hard drive

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For my wife's computer her hard drive has failed and will lose Windows 10 please advise best method to resolve and restore computer use with Win. 10 after drive is installed with her original Win.7 (now called illegal)

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I have a dell inspirion 9100 and I just recently installed a new dvd-ram drive because the old dvd-rw died...
I have a pioneer dvr-k16 and when I boot up it stalls for like 30 seconds now and then flashes "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found". Windows starts up like normal and my drive works, although I've only watched movies so far and haven't tried burning anything. How do I get the error message to go away? I've tried going into setup and that doesn't seem to help anything because I don't know what to do in there. I keep reading on other threads that you have to change the slave to cs or something like that but I have no clue as to how to do any of that or if that would even alleviate my situation. Maybe just a dirty computer? I do have two cats and I have fur balls floating all over the place that I can't seem to get rid of...that's a whole seperate issue of course. HELP?
thanks
 

A:secondary hard disk drive 0 not found on a dell laptop what do I do?

The bios in your laptop was set up to use your old drive, the specs on your new drive will be different.

First off, have a look at the drive you took out to see if it was set to master, slave, or cable select. To do this, have a look at the back end of the drive near the connector for the jumper setting, then make sure your new drive is set the same.

Then you need to go into the bios and look for any options to scan for hard drives (this will scan for optical drives too). You need to make sure its set to your new drive and not your old one.

If you don't know how to do any of this the your manual will help, if you don't have it you can probably download one from dell.

If you still have problems then let me know and i will do my best to help further.
 

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Upgraded the 6G Seagate that crashed due to heat and age I guess. Unforunately the startup disk formatted my new 30.7G as the old seagate device, so 24G is unavailable. How can I correct this? Thanks
 

A:replaced hard drive

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