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Loading a Win 7 hard drive in a new Win 8 system

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Loading a Win 7 hard drive in a new Win 8 system


    My HP Pavillion running Win7 crashed this morning. I had no choice as to purchase a new system - an Asus - which runs Win8. I pulled my hard drive out of the old system and installed it into an empty slot in the new system.

    How do I now pull the information off of my old hard drive? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    First make a folder in your windows 8 called Old computer or Win7 or whatever you want.

    make a shortcut to that folder on your new Win 8 desktop

    open that folder, if you grab to top left of the title bar and drag it allll the way right it will situate itself on the right half of your screen

    goto computer doubleclick the windows 7 drive

    left click and drag the upper right side of that folders pane and drag it alllll the way left to fill the left half of the screen

    doubleclick users

    find the usernames you want to save and drag it into the folder you just created on the right

    This will copy pictures, music, videos, settings, etc...

    Its best to copy it all then filter out what you dont want..

    After all is done scan your Win 7 drive for errors and viruses, if it finds errors or viruses and fixes them, your system may boot again when you reinstall it..

    Dont delete anything until you know everything you want is in your new computers backup/win7 folder

    Once all is done we can work on fixing your Win7..

    Good luck..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    You are a lifesaver! I was able to access almost all of my files. I am running a virus scan now. Thank you!
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  4. #4


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    If youre missing files then they are not in your documents folder.

    Do you have special programs that may not save to the documents folder?

    We can find them, and save them if theyre not damaged..

    Brooklyn!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Yes...that's what happened. I was able to find them, repair them and install them so I am all set. Thanks so much for your help!!
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  6. #6


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Youre welcome.. Hows that other machine coming along?
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