A couple days ago, the hard drive in one of my computers had a power cable come unplugged for reasons unknown, and I fear that as it loosened it may have caused an arc or short and fried the drive.
What I'm wondering is this:
I have a backup/image of said drive, containing Windows 7 x64 and a lot of precious data. It's on an external drive.
If I put Linux (I'd most likely use PCLOS, possibly Zorin) on a good drive such as the one I'm using right now, would I/should I be able to recover that image to said good drive containing a Linux distro?
As in, could I install my distro of choice to my current drive (which is running Win 7), letting the live CD partition it as dual boot, or should I wipe my current drive running W7, install PCLOS or Zorin, make a Windows partition and restore the W7 image from my external drive to that partition? OR could I just install one of said distros to a drive, and recover my W7 image directly to that drive with no partitioning?
I don't really mind losing what I have on the drive I'm currently using, IF I can for certain (as certain as anything can be with computers ...) restore said bad drive's data/programs from said image on said external drive. I'd be willing to use this current drive in conjunction with installing a Linux distro in whichever manner you recommend.
Thank you very, very much!
Edited by floridaze, 18 March 2012 - 09:22 AM.