Upgrading From Vista to Windows 7 caused problems

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Hello everyone! My personal computer had Windows Vista in it before but I was thinking of upgrading it to a newer version of OS. So finally I upgraded it to Windows 7 but after I updated it, my hard drive stopped working after that. I don't know what the problem is, but I really want all the data from my hard drive because its important. How can I retrieve the data? Please help!

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Upgrading From Vista to Windows 7 caused problems

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The first thing to try is to check your hard drive for errors. To do this:

  1. Click Start>Computer
  2. Right-click on the hard drive that is being checked, and click on Properties
  3. Click on the Tools tab
  4. Under Error-checking, click Check Now
  5. You can automatically fix problems that the scan detects by clicking Automatically Fix File System Errors.
  6. You can also perform a detailed disk check, select Scan for and attempts recovery of bad sectors.  This scan finds and repairs physical errors on the hard drive and will take much longer that to Automatically Fix Errors option.

You can also use the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows tool.  Download this tool from here for your system:

32-bit

64-bit

If none of these solve your problem, you might need to repair Windows.  To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Close all programs and restart your computer
  2. Insert the Windows CD/DVD into your computer
  3. Click Install now
  4. Click Go Online to obtain the latest updates for your installation type
  5. If asked, type the Windows product key
  6. When asked which type of installation you want to do, click the Upgrade button
  7. Once the installation is complete, reboot your computer and run the Windows Update

Also, make sure that you have your hard drive’s latest device driver installed to work with Windows 7.  You can go to your hard drive’s manufacturer’s page to check for driver updates, or go here to go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Centre.

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