how do i recover windows 8 from corrupt hard drive.

I bought a win 8 pc 5 months ago few days ago the computer ran into errors. now it is not passing windows loading screen and i get a error  UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. I already decide to buy a new hard drive but how  can I retrieve win8 installation file from the hard drive.
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You're asking this in the Windows RT section of these forums, so I'm going to assume you are using a Windows RT device (tablet).

 

I must inform you that no you cannot replace the hard drive in this device and recover the OS.  You'll have to ship it back to the manufacturer for repair.  It's like an iPad: the hard drive is not meant to be user-serviceable.

 

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If you are instead using Windows 8, please let me know.

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sorry about that i didn't know that RT is for tablet. i am new to this forum but the windows 8 is on my laptop.

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I would first try reinstalling Windows 8 on the system.

 

New computers that come preinstalled with Windows 8 often have what is called a recovery partition. This is used to reinstall the operating system in the event of a system crash. To access it, you will need to boot into when you start your computer by pressing a function key. This can be either F1, F2, F9, F10, F11, F12 or even DEL or Tab key. Consult the owners manual that came with your PC for instructions about how to reinstall Windows.

 

This is how the recovery partition is accessed for the most popular makes..

For Dell, press CTRL + F11 directly after powering up the unit

For HP, press F11 directly after powering up the unit

For LG, press F11 directly after powering up the unit

For Toshiba, press and hold '0' BEFORE and during the power up

For Acer, press and hold ALT + F10 as soon as you see the logo

For Asus, press F9 as soon as you see the Asus logo.

For Samsung, press F4 at power up..

For Fujitsu, press the F8 key repeatedly directly after powering up

For Advent, restart your computer. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message "Starting System Recovery" is displayed

For Sony VAIO, restart and press "F8" or "F10" repeatedly until the "Advanced Boot Options" screen appears.

 

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I have a asus laptop I press the F9 key but after the win8 logo load the screen goes blank for the last 15 min. what about the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT-VOLUME ERROR?

 

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An unmountable boot volume can usually be corrected by running Check Disk.  To do this, you'll need to insert and boot up from your Windows CD disc to access recovery console.  If you don't have this disc, you can create one on another computer.  Paul Thurrott has a tutorial here about how to do that:

 

http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-create-recovery-media-144098

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do mean from another windows 8 pc? if the answer is yes I don't have access to another win8 pc only win7. are there any sites where you could download this and create a recovery disc.

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Sorry Wayne, I am trying to find out if I'm legally allowed to provide a download of a recovery disk.
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finally got the computer to boot so the first ting i did was to make a recovery disc. your help and answer to my question was greatly appreciated.

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I also have the same problem with my windows 8 as it doesnt load the accounts because one of the disc are corrupted so i am letting u know i have a windows 8

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