Here is the situation. I have a laptop where the HDD crashed. The HDD is partitioned and the partition with windows on it is messed up. I have it out of the laptop and I tried connecting to my desktop via a usb cable in a portable HDD case. I can see everything from the 1 partition fine but it wants to scan the other partition for errors. I tried that and it goes on and on and does not advance and it makes a lot of crackling noises.
I don't think it would be safe to install windows on the other partition. I have another older drive that is in good shape from another laptop. That HDD has vista on it and the laptop was running windows 8. IS it possible to reformat the working drive and install windows 8 on it. If so where can I find my windows key from the drive that had windows 8 on it. Also can I download and install windows 8 on the working drive when it is hooked up to my desktop via a USB cable and a portable HDD case.