Question Transfering files from one hdd to another

Dejvas

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My Windows won't boot up, so I want to reinstall Windows, but keep all files I have, is there a way to just connect hdd that won't boot to another PC and just copy all the files I want to that PC's hdd?
 

Newtonius

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Yes. For example,
lets say you have another drive with windows on it and you want to boot from that drive. You'll need to set the BIOS boot order to boot directly into that drive first. It will boot windows from there and from windows you should be able to access your old windows drive and get all your user data.
 
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USAFRet

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My Windows won't boot up, so I want to reinstall Windows, but keep all files I have, is there a way to just connect hdd that won't boot to another PC and just copy all the files I want to that PC's hdd?
Depends on exactly what you mean by "files".

Applications, No.
Your personal docs. Music/video/etc...yes.

You may have permissions issues trying to access these files from the old drive.
 
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As the drive is currently lnot bootable for whatever reason, getting the files you need off of it might be a good course of action. Odds are cloning it elsewhere may just perfectly duplicate the current corruption, leaving you with the same issue afterwards....

As long as it is merely a WIndows issue, and not a dead or completely crashed drive (you never forget the sound of heads o metal when you hear it!), the drive should still be accessible (once connected) from within another installation (Make sure booting from the drive that works)
 

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