Right tools for the Job? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-02-2016, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: United States
Posts: 13
Question Right tools for the Job?

Friend's computer stopped working, asked me to look at it.
Took me about 2 minutes to decide the HDD had failed. the machine is one of those all-in-one PCs (neither a laptop nor a desktop, but I guess the thing does sit on a desk?) it's a Lenovo bought from who knows where and never been opened up. Its 1T hard Drive shipped with Windows 8, and shortly after it was available was upgraded to Windows 10.
So, what my objective with it now it to at a minimum recover the data off of it, and at best replace the HDD with a fresh install of windows 10 for him and replace everything so it was working as it was before. the BIOS on the thing don't seem to like booting from an optical drive, so I would need to boot from a USB stick.
What would you all recommend as the best recovery OS to boot from? I used to use UBCD but I can't find a tutorial that works with Windows 10 yet.
__________________

Tahuhali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,506
Default Re: Right tools for the Job?

Just throw a Ubuntu on a bootable flash drive, and boot off of it to recover files. May have to disable SecureBoot in the EFI/BIOS if it doesn't allow you to boot from the Linux flash drive.

After that, you can use MS's Media Creation Tool for Win10 and put it on the flash drive and install Win10 directly and it should activate fine since it was already previously activated.
__________________

__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: United States
Posts: 13
Default Re: Right tools for the Job?

I have worked with Ubuntu a little before, using for that didn't cross my mind. Haven't used MS's Media Creation Tool before, ill have to look into it. Thanks!
Tahuhali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: United States
Posts: 13
Question Re: Right tools for the Job?

Quote:
Originally Posted by carnageX View Post
After that, you can use MS's Media Creation Tool for Win10 and put it on the flash drive and install Win10 directly and it should activate fine since it was already previously activated.
So I found the page on Microsoft's website and it said:
"On the Enter the product key to activate Windows page, enter your product key. The product key should be in a purchase confirmation email if you bought Windows 10."
but I don't have any such email and I don't believe my friend does either. is there some application I can run from Ubuntu to see what the product key the machine has? I remember using such a program years ago but I don't recall what it was.
Tahuhali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 02:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,506
Default Re: Right tools for the Job?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tahuhali View Post
So I found the page on Microsoft's website and it said:
"On the Enter the product key to activate Windows page, enter your product key. The product key should be in a purchase confirmation email if you bought Windows 10."
but I don't have any such email and I don't believe my friend does either. is there some application I can run from Ubuntu to see what the product key the machine has? I remember using such a program years ago but I don't recall what it was.
If you did the Win8 -> Win10 upgrade (or your friend, rather) then you don't need to enter in a product key. it should activate after install when it connects to the internet, as Win10 upgrades go off of a hardware ID that was generated during the upgrade.

With the newer ISO's of Win10, I believe you can also enter in the Win8.1 product key, from the COA sticker.
__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hdd fail hardware, recovery, windows 10

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How should I answer job satisfaction survey when not happy with job Harper Technology Careers and Education 11 05-17-2010 02:07 AM
Simple Internet Tools - A Dozen Simple Helpful Tools Osiris Tips, Tricks & Tutorials 0 09-28-2008 01:17 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.