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SvennoJ said:
Barozi said:

Well assuming that HDD is also 14 years old, you could easily just buy a new HDD with more space for less money than the old one.

I just built myself a new PC and my previous built was from around 2008. It was still working alright but I needed an upgrade since the GPU couldn't output 4k (which means I could only benefit from the 4k picture of my TV using my Series X) and it was pretty slow when booting and browsing YouTube. I guess not even the CPU would've been able to allow for 4k streaming lol.

True, but it's not even worth buying the OS again for it, I have no clue where the recovery disks are, if those even still work. (Writable CDs created 14 years ago)

Not to just give up entirely it does allow me to open a command prompt, so it's running chkdsk atm. On the D drive that is, C drive lists nothing :/

Other options are to restore to a previous windows point, yet windows 7 hasn't had any updates in many years, it can't be that?
C drive not working must be the problem, yet where is this repair stuff coming from, X drive.
Odd D drive has the contents of the C drive (it only has one HDD), is it a quirk from system repair to label it as D:

Main problem is, don't have the time to go down this rabbit hole again, nor the patience anymore. If chkdsk doesn't find anything, maybe some other hardware component failed. Guess running memory diagnostic wouldn't hurt either. But can you still buy 14 year old memory sticks. It's a first generation i7 CPU with whatever flavor motherboard and ram chips were 'new' back then.

Edit: Probably the HDD, chkdsk is hanging on 3%, files haven't been counting up in a while, just a blinking cursor, nothing happening. Not good.

As long as you still have your product key, you don't need to buy the OS again. You can download a Windows 7 ISO image for free (and legally) from various sites (sadly no longer directly from Windows as the support has officially ended) and then install it on a new HDD for example via bootable flash drive.

I did the same exact steps with Windows 10 just recently for my new PC.