Out of my depth here, C drive died.

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  1. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Mayor of Simpleton Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Out of the blue my SSD C: drive died. It was the bootable drive and I'm not sure how to proceed. I have a spare drive but how do I get it all to boot up and let me use Macrium Reflect to restore? I do have the Windows 10 CD but I have just recently upgraded to 11, and the back up is from 10.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You may need to re-install Win 10 from the CD, restore from the Win 10 backup and then upgrade to Windows 11.

    Sorry… No knowledge about Macrium Reflect.
     
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    Put a new drive in my nephew's laptop. Got the system restore from MS website. Been a while but seems like the I got enough info on a thumb drive to get the process started. Might read around on the website to get started.
     
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    I'm thinking you might be right. I'm going to try and take the back up drive and the new drive to another computer and see if I can get Macrium to reimage the C drive. If not re-install everything. Glad all that's on the C drive is the operating system.
     
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    Knuckle Dragger Mayor of Simpleton Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well, that sucked, remember to back up more than once a year....:(
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    If the C drive crashed, you don't want to make an image of it on a new drive. If you do, you will have two bad drives. Since you have your data on a second drive, and the C drive had only the operating system, it will probably be easiest to simply install Windows from scratch on a new drive and you should be back in business.
     
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    Knuckle Dragger Mayor of Simpleton Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My old drive was so dead nothing would see it. What I ended up doing was like you said, installed Windows and then did the system restore from my back up. Unfortunately the back up was a year old. I lost some unimportant stuff. Right now I'm imaging the system and creating bootable recovery software. I appreciate the input, it's spot on.
     
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    Weird. I'm going thru the exact same right now. The HDD on one of my Dell Inspiron laptops crashed. It wasn't used very often, but I kinda needed it when it crashed. I noticed it was up for an update, I initiated the update, and it crashed during the update. I found a replacement HDD (exact same as the original) and have it on the way. That PC doesn't have a OS disk, nor was it backed up. So....I'm curious if I can redownload Windows 10 from Microsoft since I had upgraded from the original Windows 7 that the PC came with. Anybody know?
     
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    i would try to do a low level format on old drive,its been awhile but i used to use a old windows 98 disc and go from there.then reinstall operating system.
     

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