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After a complex series of events, I now have a hard drive on my laptop that can't be booted from(unmountable boot volume bsod) and a partial backup on one external drive. The manufacturer did not include a Windows disc and I can't start my computer to get my key so I'm kind of stuck.
What I thought about doing was installing Linux on my other external from my mom's Windows 7 machine and setting my laptop to boot first from USB. Wouldn't it then be possible maybe to retrieve the rest of my data off the old hard drive before sending the laptop in for repair?
Only thing is I haven't done something like this before. I've been reading up on it. Seems simple, but am I overlooking something?
You don't actually have to install Linux; you could boot up a live CD/DVD/USB that lets you use the actual OS, then access your Windows partition that you can't boot and copy your data to an external HD.