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Is there any way to pull data off of hard drives/storage drives independently?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by NuttyBar, Jul 10, 2012.

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  1. NuttyBar

    NuttyBar Banned Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2012
    A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

    rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

    My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

    I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

    Is there any way something like this can be done?

    Because here's what I want to do ...

    I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

    Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

    I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.
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