Most hard drive manufacturers offer free software that makes it easy to migrate from one hard drive to another. Maxtor, for instance, offers Max Blast provided one of the drives is a Maxtor. As long as the software can access the hard drive (the hard drive failure message usually means that failure is imminent, not that it has already occurred) it can clone the hard drive, copying everything, including the operating system, from the old drive to the new one. That would solve both the loss of personal files and the OS language problem in one swoop. (Everything would be exactly as it was with the old hard drive.)
Best of luck.
My question is twofold.
My hard drive failed a few days ago. It gets through part of the boot sequence, identifies all components (including the failed hard drive), then says "Hard drive fails." Press F1 to configure, F2 to continue).
I have two other hard drives, so I can use one of those. I have a set of Windows install disks that came with the computer... but they're in French. I installed them on hard drive #2, but the snag is... I cannot get it to switch to operating in English, it doesn't have that language pack in it. How would I go about getting the English language for my computer? I can speak French, but not the computer-related terms that pop up on help menus and settings change sequences.
Second, any tips for recovering the data off the failed hard drive? I have a lot of work on it that I would like to recover, and some important emails. I realize that they may all be gone, but I never give up without a fight.
Thanks for your suggestions.