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I need to reinstall Windows on a laptop. Normally I before doing this I would back up the drivers using Double Driver.

However this time the computer will not boot, and for some reason even if I take out the drive and hook it to another computer using enclosure, the drive does not get recognized. The only luck I have had is by using a Linux Live CD, this has allowed me to back up documents, pictures, etc.

I was thinking I might be able to simply copy the driver files to a flash drive, so I can use them after I reinstall Windows. How could I go about doing this?

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if you have windows 7 and not a very old machine with wired internet access, backing up drivers are usually not really that important. Also have you tried repairing your hard drive ? –  Shakehar Jan 18 '13 at 0:07
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From my experience this can't be done, unless you have the installers for the drivers on that drive somewhere. If the laptop isn't horribly old, you can get the drivers from the manufacturers site (like gateway or toshiba) as long as you have the model or serial number. Some drivers may be able to just be copied over like that, but the majority of them have more than 1 file or they have registry entries. It's just a lot simpler to use the manufacturer's website to get the drivers. That's as long as you aren't installing an unsupported version of windows, although if that's the case you probably have the installers for the drivers that you could copy and reinstall.

You could try copying everything, then on the new re-installation when you're updating/installing drivers through Device Manager/Add Hardware you could search the backup for the files it asks for -- but I haven't had a lot of luck with that.

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