hard drive crash

Hello,

I have a hp laptop which i need to replace but it has a hidden partition. Can I copy the hidden partition from the hard drive to another drive and be able to access it so that I can reinstall the os and programs back to factory settings? How can I get  to it when the computer boots up. Any ideas???
dawn1993Asked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
According to the name of your question the HDD crashed. What did happen to it so you called it crashed?
If the drive crashed then the chances to move the hidden partition are lower.
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Alex_DumitracheCommented:
Is your drive completely crashed (dead) or can you still find it?

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Now, for the record, I must point out that if you want to move your Windows OEM license to another laptop with a different motherboard you can forget about it.

OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

 - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

 - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

 - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

Sorry for getting a little off-topic.
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nobusCommented:
that cd is illegal
you can use the free paragon software to image the partition to another drive :
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/
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dawn1993Author Commented:
I am not trying to pirate anything. I was asking a legitimate question to get the answer. I got the drive to work by using Acronis to copy the entire drive and it flagged the bad sectors  and would not copy it to the new hard drive. I was able to put the drive back exactly the way it came from the factory.

Thanks,

William
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dawn1993Author Commented:
I researched it on the web.
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