Posted 30 September 2007 - 08:56 PM
Hard drives, right out of the box, are not partitioned nor formatted and therefore you get that message.
That is basically because they are not ready to store data yet. All hard drives must be partitioned and formated first.
Do you have the HP recovery cd's? May have come with the computer.
If so, boot to the 1st one and restore the OS to an "out of the box" state.
That is the key question here though.
Do you have the HP recovery cds?
The real problem with HP's and Compaq's (one and the same) is that the restoration information is stored on another partition on your hard drive. All good and fine. Until your hard drive fails, which it will, and yours did.
Think of it like a pie. You have one pie. Take that pie and just slice about 1/5th or so of it. Doesnt matter the fraction. You still have one pie, but with a slice in it. Now take that pie and drop it on the street, face up.
That is exactly what is wrong with recovery partition scenario.
If you lose the pie (the hard drive) you loose the whole thing!
Hope you have the restoration cds!
In the beginning there was the command line.