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Hard Drive Problems... I think

So my main hard drive is failing/failed. During an update my screen was stuck with the error Unmountable Boot volume then attempted to repair itself before getting stuck on the choose your keyboard layout. So i removed the drive and replaced it with a new one with a clean install of win 10, however when i reconnected the old drive and gave it boot priority i was unable to boot to the desktop. I tried creating a boot disk on my flashdrive but it was unable to do anything. I wanted to transfer my data from the failing drive to the new one but since i cant get it to the desktop i cant do any transferring. I tried booting into safe mode and was just stuck on a black screen. If i get a hard drive dock will i be able to boot from a clean install then once at the desktop plug in the old HDD to the dock and transfer that way? or am i out of luck?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and or help.

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Windows can't mount it so Linux is next. But first.

Do not try to boot that drive. Leave it as a second drive and see if RECUVA can retrieve the files.

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Is recuva bootable?

Can RECUVA be made into a Bootable cd/usb? because if i connect the corrupted drive while my new one is connected it causes the new one to not boot to the desktop.

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You could google that question

But if the drive is stopping the boot I usually find it's because of an incorrect setup. The new drive and OS SHALL BE on the lowest numbered SATA port. And the old drive SHALL be a few ports higher.

If you can't get that to work, put the knackered drive into some USB case so you can boot from your good OS and plug it in later.

RECOVERY HOUSES run hundreds of dollars. Cases are cheap.

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Yes you can use a dock

Boot the machine and get it to the desktop.
Plug in the dock/disk and see if windows at least recognizes the disk.
If so but you can't access your stuff with explorer now you can try recuva.

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