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I have an hp dv2415us laptop and im on my third internal hard drive. my last one was a WD WD1600BEVS scorpio 160 GB. I had the imminent failure screen come up so i figure i might as well get a new hard drive before i lose everything, plus it still worked fine so now i have a backup. anyway, the new hard drive is the same thing but 250 GB WD2500BEVS. i physically installed it but when i put in the vista home premium recovery disc and run through the recovery it takes me back to the recovery manager screen over and over again. it seems like it's installing everything just fine, but then it goes to a blue screen for about 5 seconds and finally back to the recovery manager screen where it asks me if i want to run recovery. i have no idea what im doing so please help. thanks for the input in advance.
In all honesty...I suspect that your recovery disk relied on a partition that does not exist on your new hard drive...but that's just a very wild guess from someone who has never had such issues (never owned an HP system).
Bottom line: HP has to provide instructions on how to use recovery/restore CDs/DVDs, since it's their product, tailored to their whims. Trying to use such in a manner that conflicts with their instructions/guidelines...is probably intended to meet with failure/frustration.
well I'm pretty new to doing my own repairs to my computer, and i figured the last one was because i was downloading and erasing a lot of files pretty often and i thought that might have something to do with it. this is only my second WD hard drive but my third total. if you reccommend a hard drive that you prefer that would be great. I'm just trying to get all the advice i can right now. if you have any advice to my problem that would be appreciated also.