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#1 sina518

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:30 PM

okay so i have a hp a230n desktop and my hard drive just went out so i replaced it with a 320 gb seagate harddrive. Now the computer i guess needs to be rebooted but i do not have a recovery disk and i dont know what to do, any help will be appriciated

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:40 PM

You need to install an operating system. If you don't have any disks, you are going to have to go out and buy an OS. Unless you are adventurous and feel like trying out Linux, which is free.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:41 PM

You will need the installation disc for the operating system (XP), and you will need to partition the hard drive and then format it prior to installing XP.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:43 PM

whats bad about lunix, and is their a way to get an os without having to pay 200 bucks for one

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:49 PM

You will need the installation disc for the operating system (XP), and you will need to partition the hard drive and then format it prior to installing XP.

your going to have to explain that to me in idiot terms or tell me what to do.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

whats bad about lunix,

Nothing really except maybe the learning curve, and choosing the right distro for yourself.

and is their a way to get an os without having to pay 200 bucks for one

Not legally. Unless you win one in a raffle or some one buys you one. And we do not support the discussion of acquiring a Windows OS any other way except legally.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

would you happen to know were i can get linux from, or were i can go to get better assistance on how to accuire xp because that is what i am used to

Edited by sina518, 27 January 2008 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2008 - 11:18 PM

Since I am not sure about the first suggestion below, I'll rely on someone with more knowledge to say if this can be done, and if so, how to go about it.

Did the hard drive that died have a recovery partition (usually listed a drive D)?
Can the drive be accessed at all-at least enough to get to that partition?
You can, if you have a slot for a secondary hard drive, install the drive in your computer as a slave drive and attempt to get to the partition. From there, you can format your new drive.

Another option would be to call HP, ask them to send you recovery disks, which may be cheaper than buying an OS.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:13 AM

how to accuire xp


You go to a store and buy it. You can buy XP Home for about $90 US.

would you happen to know were i can get linux


You can download it. I think though that you would be better off with XP. All you need to do to install it is pop it in, follow some simple instructions which are found all over the Internet, and youwill be up and going. Linux tends to be a little more difficult to set up and get going.

Another option would be to call HP, ask them to send you recovery disks

Is the system an HP?

DOH! indeed it is.. it took me this long to figure it out.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:47 AM

On the Linux side, you could always go for an Ubuntu installation.

just Google it, (Probably www.ubuntu.com)

At any rate its far less difficult then most Linux distributions and will be pretty easy for you to comprehend.

if your every day tasks involve word and surfing the net then it should be just for you.

I don't remember if "open office" is installed out-of-the-box but even if its not, downloading and installing it should be real easy.

Good luck :thumbsup:

Edited by splify, 28 January 2008 - 08:47 AM.


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Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:49 AM

You can contact HP and order a system restore CD for about $20.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:40 AM

okay thanks every one with all your help

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:58 AM

Is the restore disk going to work considering that the hardware is not the same? I have never seen that work.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:06 PM

Free Ubuntu CD
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:23 PM

I've done 2 or 3 hard drive replacements on HP/Compaq systems for my wife's office when hard drives have died. At work it's a bit different as our restore disks have the OS on one disk and the drivers/applications on another (so we can use any disk we please for the OS and then figure out the drivers later).
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