Back up your files
If you’re reinstalling Windows 10 after a hard drive failure, the first thing you should do is back up your files. There are a few different ways you can do this, so choose the method that’s best for you. You can use an external hard drive, a cloud-based storage service, or a USB flash drive.
Use File History
If you’re using Windows 10, you can use the built-in File History feature to back up your files. File History automatically saves copies of your files, so if your hard drive fails or you accidentally delete a file, you can use File History to get it back.
To use File History, open the Settings app and go to Update & Security > Backup. On the Backup page, click the “Add a drive” option to add a new backup drive. Once you’ve added a drive, File History will automatically start backing up your files every hour.
You can also use File History to restore your files. To do this, open the Settings app and go to Update & Security > Backup. On the Backup page, click the “Restore files from a drive” option. This will open File Explorer, where you can browse and select the files you want to restore.
Use Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
You can use Backup and Restore to back up files, folders, and even entire drives. Once you’ve backed up your data, you can restore it if you ever need to.
To open Backup and Restore, do the following:
- Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Backup, and then, in the list of results, click Backup and Restore.
- Click Set up backup.
- Click the icon for the drive that you want to use to store your backups, click Next, and then follow the instructions.
Reformat your hard drive
If you have a hard drive failure, you will need to reinstall Windows 10. This can be done by reformatting your hard drive.
Use a USB drive
Windows 10 can be reinstalled by using a USB drive. This process will erase all of the data on your hard drive, so be sure to back up your files before starting.
To create a USB installation drive, you will need a blank USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of storage. Once you have the drive, insert it into your computer and open the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
Click “Create installation media for another PC” and then select “USB flash drive.” Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) you want to install and select “Next.”
The tool will now download the Windows 10 installation files and write them to your USB drive. When it’s finished, you can boot from the USB drive to install Windows 10 on your computer.
Use an external hard drive
One way to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure is to use an external hard drive. To do this, you’ll need to:
- Connect your external hard drive to your computer.
- Open the “Advanced Startup Options” menu.
- Select “Use a device.”
- Select your external hard drive from the list of devices.
- Follow the instructions on screen to complete the reinstallation process.
Use a cloud-based storage service
If you don’t want to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure, you can use a cloud-based storage service, such as OneDrive or Google Drive, to back up your files. This way, you can access your files from any device with an internet connection.
Reinstall Windows 10
There are a few different ways that you can reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure. You can use the recovery partition, use a recovery drive, or use the installation media. We will go over each of these methods so that you can choose the one that is best for you.
Use the Media Creation Tool
If you’ve got a Windows 10 installation USB drive lying around, you can use that to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure.
To use the Media Creation Tool, head to Microsoft’s website, download the tool, and then run it. Once the tool is open, choose “Create installation media for another PC,” and then follow the prompts. The tool will ask you whether you want to create a USB drive or an ISO file. Choose whichever option you prefer, and then follow the prompts to finish creating your installation media.
Use the Recovery Drive
If you have a current backup, you can try this method first. To use the Recovery Drive, follow these steps:
- Plug in the Recovery Drive and restart your computer.
- When prompted, press any key to boot from the Recovery Drive.
- Choose your language settings and click Next.
- Click Repair your computer in the bottom-left corner of the window that appears.
- Click Recover from a drive in the list of options that appears.
- Select the drive you want to use for the recovery and click Next.
- If prompted, enter your product key and click Next again.
8Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the recovery process.”
Troubleshoot installation issues
If you’re having trouble installing or reinstalling Windows 10, you can try using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. This tool can help you create a USB drive or DVD with the Windows 10 installer on it. If you’re having trouble booting from your USB drive or DVD, you can try changing your BIOS settings.
Use the System File Checker
The System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. If a Windows file has been corrupted, it may not be able to be loaded by Windows, causing an error. To use the System File Checker, follow these steps:
- Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions
Use the DISM tool
If you’re having trouble installing Windows 10, you can use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool to repair the underlying Windows image.
DISM can fix problems that prevent development kits from being installed, or that stop previously-installed development kits from functioning correctly.
To use DISM, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu, and then select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth, and then press Enter.
- Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and then press Enter. Allow the scan to complete, which can take several minutes. DISM will check your Windows component store for corruption and automatically fix any problems it finds.
Restore your files
After your computer’s hard drive fails, it can be difficult to know what to do next. This article will tell you how to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure.
Use File History
If you’re trying to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure, you can use File History to restore your personal files. File History automatically backs up files in your Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders.
Here’s how to restore your personal files using File History:
- Connect the external hard drive that contains your backup to your PC.
- Open File History by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type file history, and then click File History.
- Click the Restore personal files link in the left pane.
- Select the external hard drive that contains your backup, and then click Continue.
- Select the folders that you want to restore, and then click Restore selected items.
Use Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
The Backup and Restore feature in Windows 7 can be used to restore your computer to a previous state if something goes wrong with your machine. This can be caused by a hard drive failure, a virus, or another problem.
If you have a backup file from Windows 7, you can use it to restore your computer. To do this, follow these steps:
- Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into your computer’s disc drive and then restart the machine.
- On the “Install Windows” page, select “Repair your computer”.
- On the “System Recovery Options” page, select “Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer”.
- On the “Select a system image” page, select the backup that you want to use and then click “Next”.
- On the “Confirm your restore point” page, click “Finish”.
- On the “Confirmation” page, click “Yes”.